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Overseen by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner, Sir Brian Leveson, the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (more commonly known as IPCO) currently employs approximately 50 people, including Inspectors, lawyers and policy officials.

 

The team supports the Investigatory Powers Commissioner and Judicial Commissioners in fulfilling their duties under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

 

Before this legislation came into force, three precursor organisations were merged to form IPCO in September 2017. The previous organisations were the Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC), the Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO) and the Intelligence Service Commissioner’s Office (ISComm).

 

Under the terms of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, funding for IPCO is provided by the Home Secretary. However, IPCO carries out its functions independently of the Government and is not part of the Home Office.

Investigatory Powers Commissioner

The Investigatory Powers Commissioner, Sir Brian Leveson, has responsibility for reviewing the use of investigatory powers by public authorities, such as intelligence agencies, police and local authorities. He is supported by a team of Judicial Commissioners.

Judicial Commissioners

A Judicial Commissioner is a serving or retired member of the senior judiciary in the UK. Judicial Commissioners support the Investigatory Powers Commissioner in his oversight duties by providing independent authorisation of applications for the use of certain investigatory powers. These powers are used by public authorities.

Chief Executive

The Chief Executive oversees the office of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner. They lead all staff, drive the business agenda and oversee operational tasks within the organisation.

Technology Advisory Panel

The Technology Advisory Panel (TAP) was set up under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. It exists to advise the Investigatory Powers Commissioner and Judicial Commissioners on the impact of changing technology and the development of techniques to use investigatory powers whilst minimising privacy interference.

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