Technology Advisory Panel

The Technology Advisory Panel (TAP) regularly provides advice to the Investigatory Powers Commissioner and his team on a wide range of technical and scientific topics relating to the Investigatory Powers Act (2016).

Advice may be written or verbal and varies in length and detail. Though much of the advice is too sensitive to be published, where possible unclassified versions of the advice will be made available publicly as samples of the type of advice provided to the Investigatory Powers Commissioner.

10 January 2022

The Investigatory Powers Commissioner agreed a working protocol with the Chair of the Technology Advisory Panel. The Protocol sets out the structure and functions of the Panel and the basis of their working relationship with Commissioner’s Office.

10 January 2022

The Technology Advisory Panel has provided details of their interests to be recorded on IPCO’s website.

02 November 2021

A short explanation of the Cloud written by the TAP as background and reference material for IPCO.

31 October 2021

The Technology Advisory Panel has provided details of their interests to be recorded on IPCO’s website.

04 October 2021

A TAP report that outlines key concepts and considerations for metrics that could assist in making judgements about proportionality, in the context of the Investigatory Powers Act. The report can be read as both an introduction to the dimensions of quantitative approaches and as a specification for a programme of research.

04 September 2021

The TAP produced this document in response to questions regarding understanding and controlling data flow in and across organisations.

19 July 2021

The Technology Advisory Panel has provided details of their interests to be recorded on IPCO’s website.

06 May 2021

A short explanation of encryption written by the TAP as background and reference material.

31 March 2021

Cryptographic technologies give a wide range of protections. This document, written by the TAP as a guidance note for IPCO,  is focussed on cryptographic techniques used for communications.

08 March 2021

To fulfil its statutory role, the Technology Advisory Panel carries out six concurrent workstreams as shown in this strategy document. This Strategy should be considered alongside the Working Protocol which takes precedence.

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