Author Archives: Andrew Defty

Submission to Joint Committee on Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

This was my written submission to the Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill. The committee was established in November 2015 to consider the draft Bill. The committee received a total of 148 written submissions and took oral evidence from … Continue reading

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MI5 on the BBC: more PR than scrutiny

This post first appeared on the Democratic Audit blog on 6th October 2015. Public statements by heads of the British intelligence and security agencies are still rare enough to attract considerable attention. Moreover, representatives of the intelligence agencies do not step … Continue reading

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Stalling in the Wilson Doctrine debate

A version of this post first appeared on The Conversation blog on 22 October 2015. The so-called Wilson Doctrine, a parliamentary convention which has, for almost fifty years, protected the communications of parliamentarians from interception by the intelligence and security … Continue reading

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Is the Wilson Doctrine dead?

The judgement of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) last week that the so-called Wilson Doctrine has no basis in law and that parliamentarians could not reasonably expect the Doctrine to be applied in practice, have raised further questions about the … Continue reading

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Too much continuity not much change: appointments to the Intelligence and Security Committee

Nominations to the new Intelligence and Security Committee have, somewhat belatedly,  been announced and approved by Parliament. This is the first time that membership of the ISC has been subject to parliamentary approval, although those nominated to serve on the committee are hand-picked … Continue reading

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