The Intelligence and security Committee (ISC) Report into Surveillance in the UK


The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has issued a report into surveillance by the security services in the United Kingdom.  The report titled “Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework” is the result of a review started by the ISC in 2013, following revelations by the former US Intelligence contractor Edward Snowdon about the extent of surveillance by UK and US intelligence services.

The report considers whether current legislation provides sufficient oversight and accountability and the impact of surveillance on privacy.  It concludes that there is a lack of transparency around surveillance which is not in the public interest.  This has come about due to the way the legal framework has developed in a piecemeal fashion.

The key recommendation of the report is that the current legal framework should be replaced by a single new Act of Parliament governing the intelligence and security agencies.

The report can be found here, or alternatively on the ISC website: http://isc.independent.gov.uk/