Statewatch article: RefNo# 36522
UK-Council of Europe: Memorandum on surveillance and oversight mechanisms in the United Kingdom
Statewatch News Online, May 2016
"Whilst welcoming a number of positive developments, such as the creation of a single unified Investigatory Powers Commissioner with responsibility for surveillance oversight, the Commissioner expresses his concern about certain issues such as the compatibility of the bulk interception and equipment interference powers proposed in the above Bill with the European Convention on Human Rights. He also stresses that greater protection needs to be provided in the Bill for legal professional privilege and for communications of politicians and journalists. In addition, the Commissioner highlights the need for oversight bodies and systems to be periodically evaluated to assess whether or not they possess the necessary attributes to be effective."

See the full text: Memorandum on surveillance and oversight mechanisms in the United Kingdom (pdf) and UK response to the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner - Memorandum on surveillance and oversight mechanisms in the UK (pdf)

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