The Launch of the Independent Surveillance Review Report: A Democratic Licence to Operate

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The Royal United Services Institute was asked to conduct the independent review by the then Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP in March 2014. The Terms of Reference of the ISR were to:

• advise on the legality, effectiveness and privacy implications of the UK surveillance programmes, particularly as revealed by the ‘Edward Snowden case’;

• examine potential reforms to current surveillance practices, including additional protections against the misuse of personal data, and alternatives to the collection and retention of bulk data;

• make an assessment of how law enforcement and intelligence capabilities can be maintained in the face of technological change, while respecting principles of proportionality, necessity, and privacy.

A list of Panel members can be found here

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