[cryptome] Fwd: The Intelligence Services Commissioner's Oversight Is Weak and Unaccountable

  • From: doug <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:21:32 +0100



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Subject: The Intelligence Services Commissioner's Oversight Is Weak and Unaccountable
Date:   Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:21:59 +0000
From:   Emma Carr, Big Brother Watch <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To:       Emma Carr, Big Brother Watch <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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The Intelligence Services Commissioner's Oversight Is Weak and Unaccountable

        
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*The Intelligence Services Commissioner's Oversight Is Weak and Unaccountable*

The Intelligence Services Commissioner has released his annual report (pdf) <http://bigbrotherwatch.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc07cd0ccd07d854d8da5964f&id=f8556fa25e&e=9606412e89> which highlights a high number of times individuals’ privacy was breached due to a series of errors. However, with only 17% of warrants being checked by the Commissioner, serious questions have also been raised about how thorough his investigations can actually be.

It is not unfair to suggest that at present the oversight by the Commissioner is weak and his accountability to Parliament and the public is almost none existent. A part time Commissioner with only one member of staff cannot reasonably provide adequate oversight of the use of intrusive surveillance powers. As the Home Affairs Select Committee recently pointed out, the Commissioner should be aiming to check at least 50% of warrants if the investigations are to be thorough.

It is clear that the Government must urgently address the fact that the Commissioner clearly does not have enough resources to thoroughly carry out his investigations into the intelligence and security services.

For key findings from the Commissioner's report and further analysis click here <http://bigbrotherwatch.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc07cd0ccd07d854d8da5964f&id=6a5e2f2e3f&e=9606412e89>.

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*Big Brother Watch Gives Evidence To Parliament*
On Monday our acting director, Emma Carr, gave oral evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee <http://bigbrotherwatch.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc07cd0ccd07d854d8da5964f&id=f5e8a6756c&e=9606412e89>in Parliament on the topic of social media and real time analytics.

The remit of the inquiry was to look into the differences between traditional data storage systems, which were not designed for real-time analysis, and new technologies which can now provide live information and data analysis. The focus of our session was on the privacy implications that may arise from real time analytics and big data generally.

Big Brother Watch’s written evidence to the Committee is available here <http://bigbrotherwatch.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc07cd0ccd07d854d8da5964f&id=983c0ef443&e=9606412e89>.
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*An Open Letter To The Home Secretary On The Powers Of Entry Review*

We have written to the Home Secretary and her Home Office Ministers to ask why the third progress report on the review of Powers of Entry has not yet been published.

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 places a duty on secretaries of state to review the powers of entry they are responsible for and report back to Parliament within 2 years following Royal Assent. The Home Office is required to provide updates on progress must be sent to Parliament every 6 months. The second progress report <http://bigbrotherwatch.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc07cd0ccd07d854d8da5964f&id=dc00996007&e=9606412e89> was published in July 2013 and the first progress report <http://bigbrotherwatch.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc07cd0ccd07d854d8da5964f&id=0d05c11a5d&e=9606412e89> was published in January 2013, meaning the publication of the third report is now 6 months late.

You can read the letter to the Home Secretary here <http://bigbrotherwatch.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc07cd0ccd07d854d8da5964f&id=5214f5c04b&e=9606412e89>.
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