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Overseeing the secret state: a symposium on the draft Investigatory Powers Bill

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  • UserConor Gearty, Richard Clayton, Judith Townend, Lorna Woods, Ross Anderson, Ian Walden, Ray Corrigan, David Vincent, Nóra Ní Loideain, Sinead Connolly, David Runciman, Julian Huppert, John Naughton, Adrian Kennard and others
  • ClockFriday 05 February 2016, 09:30-17:00
  • HouseWolfson Hall, Churchill College, Cambridge.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Professor John Naughton.


Britain’s laws on surveillance, interception of communications and other covert activities of the security and intelligence services are widely regarded as unsatisfactory and inadequate. The government has published a draft Investigatory Powers bill which aims to rectify this, by placing all the powers deemed necessary by the state under one statute. The draft bill has been widely discussed, and is currently being scrutinised by a Joint Committee of the Houses of Commons and Lords. Given the scope and extent of the legislation, and the torrent of comment that it has already attracted, it would be impossible to encompass all aspects of the draft bill in a single day, so we have selected five areas for consideration, in the hope that the resulting discussion can usefully be fed back into public debate and Parliamentary scrutiny of the legislation.

  • 09:30 Registration and coffee
  • 09:50: Welcome and introduction
10:00-11:30: Panel 1: Oversight and control
  • Chair: David Runciman
  • Speakers: Conor Gearty and Judith Townend

11:30 COFFEE

11:45 – 13:00 Panel 2: Internet connection records
  • Chair: John Naughton
  • Speakers: Richard Clayton, Lorna Woods and Ray Corrigan

13:00-13:45 LUNCH

13:45-15:15 Panel 3: Equipment Interference
  • Chair: Nóra Ní Loideain
  • Speakers: Ross Anderson and Ian Walden

15:15: TEA

15:30-16:45 Panel 4: Proportionality and scope
  • Chair: David Erdos
  • Speakers: David Vincent, Nóra Ní Loideain & Andrew Murray
16:45- 17:45 Panel 5: Impositions on companies
  • Chair: Julia Powles
  • Speakers: Sinead Connolly, Julian Huppert and Adrian Kennard
17:45 -18:00 Roundup
  • Speakers: David Runciman, Julian Huppert and John Naughton

The symposium is open to all, but if you plan on attending please register because we need to estimate numbers for catering purposes.

This talk is part of the Technology and Democracy Events series.

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