Category: 2010 – 2015

12 March 2015

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has today published its Report ‘Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework’.

This Report includes, for the first time in a single document, a comprehensive review of the full range of intrusive capabilities available to the UK intelligence Agencies. It contains an unprecedented amount of information about those capabilities, the legal framework governing their use, and the privacy protections and safeguards that apply. The Report also reveals the use of certain capabilities – such as Bulk Personal Datasets and Directions under the Telecommunications Act 1984 – for the first time. The Report represents a landmark in terms of the openness and transparency surrounding the Agencies’ work.

The Committee has also released its ‘Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework’ Press statement, and the ‘Privacy and Security Inquiry: Opening Statement’ from this morning’s press conference.

12:14, 12 March 2015

24 February 2015

The Chairman of the ISC, the Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, has this morning issued the following statement: 

“None of the current controversy with which I am associated is relevant to my work as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.

However, I have today informed my colleagues that while I will remain a member of the Committee, I will step down from the Chairmanship.

The Committee is due to be dissolved in little over a month with the prorogation of Parliament for the forthcoming General Election.  The main substantive work which needs to be completed will be the publication of our Privacy and Security Report during March.

I do not want the work of the Committee and the publication of the Report to be, in any way, distracted or affected by controversy as to my personal position.  I have concluded, therefore, that it is better that this important work should be presided over by a new Chairman.”

10:11, 24 February 2015

21 November 2014

On Tuesday 25 November, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament will publish its Report on the intelligence relating to the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. The Committee will be holding a press conference in Parliament at 11am on 25 November.

18:18, 21 November 2014

17 October 2014

On Thursday 23 October, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament will hold two further public evidence sessions as part of its Privacy and Security Inquiry. The Committee will hear first from Sir David Omand (11:15 – 12:00), and then from the Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP (13:00 – 14:00).

Both evidence sessions will be held in Portcullis House and are open to the public, with seats being available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. They may be viewed through the link below:

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament: Thursday 23 October 2014, Start Time: 11.15am, End Time: 2.07pm

17:10, 17 October 2014