A lecture by Professor Sir David Omand GCB, Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King's College London.
The UK Government has given a commitment to ensuring law enforcement and the security and intelligence agencies have the powers they need to keep us safe in the face of an evolving threat and an increasingly complicated communications environment. The Investigatory Powers Bill will do that in a way that ensures the use of those powers is subject to robust safeguards and visible, effective oversight.
Over the past year, three independent reviews have been undertaken into the use and oversight of investigatory powers: by the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism, David Anderson QC and a panel convened by the Royal United Services Institute. Between them, they made nearly two hundred recommendations.
In his lecture, Sir David will review the progress of the Investigatory Powers Bill and discuss its historical significance in placing intrusive intelligence gathering under legal safeguards.
Sir David Omand GCB is a Visiting Professor in the War Studies Department, King's College London and at Sciences-Po in Paris. He is a Vice-President of RUSI and was a member of the 2015 RUSI Independent Surveillance Review. He was appointed in 2002 the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, having previously been Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1997 to 2001 and before that Director of GCHQ, the UK’s signals intelligence and cyber-security organisation. Previously, in the Ministry of Defence he served as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy. He is the Senior Independent Director of Babcock International Group plc and is on the senior advisory board of Paladin Capital. His book, Securing the State, was published in paperback by Hurst in 2011.
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