Technology Advisory Panel

The Technology Advisory Panel (TAP) was set up under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. Its purpose is 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.

The TAP is not a decision-making body. Its advice cannot constrain any decision of the Judicial Commissioners. Establishing and maintaining the TAP is a responsibility of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner but the TAP may also give advice to relevant Ministers if asked to do so.


Professor Dame Muffy Calder FRSE FREng, Chair

Muffy Calder is a Computing Scientist, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow. Her research is in computational modelling and reasoning about the behaviour of complex, interactive, and sensor-driven systems.

Muffy has been a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award Holder, a Royal Society Leverhulme Research Senior Fellow, and Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.

Daryl Burns

Daryl Burns has worked in cryptography and cyber security for over 30 years with experience in research and leadership roles in a large UK Government department. He was also the Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security.

Daryl has worked with leading UK universities and industries and sponsored the UK Research Institutes in Cyber Security, promoting common research interests between government, industry and academia.

His current interests are in the impact of quantum technologies on digital security and in human understanding of artificial intelligence. He also manages advises on security protocols and their implementation.

John Davies

John Davies has worked with most of the big players in the national security, cyber security and law enforcement fields in the UK, exploiting and creating technology to help them do their jobs. He has worked for a large UK government agency in a range of engineering and leadership roles and built up a small cyber security company in Gloucestershire.

John has also worked for a large global defence prime contractor, helping the UK work effectively with security partners abroad and as engineering innovation lead in their cyber division. In addition to his work within the TAP, John is Technical Director at a UK cyber-security small and medium-seized enterprise, helping businesses tackle cyber-attacks, and works on projects from a range of customers, including privacy NGOs and crypto-currency security companies.

Professor Richard Mortier

Richard Mortier is Professor of Computing & Human-Data Interaction at Cambridge University, and President of Christ’s College. Richard’s current work covers platforms for privacy preserving personal data processing, Internet of Things security, smart cities, and machine learning in knowledge management.

He has previously worked on distributed system performance monitoring and debugging, incentives in internet routing protocols, and real-time media platform design and implementation. Alongside his academic career, he previous roles include researcher, architect, founder and Chief Technology Officer while consulting and working for start-ups and corporates in both the US and the UK.

Professor Alison Etheridge

Alison Etheridge is Professor of Probability at the University of Oxford. She is Chair of the Council for the Mathematical Sciences and was previously President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Alison’s research focusses on infinite dimensional stochastic processes and their applications, especially in population genetics.

Alison is a Fellow of the Royal Society, an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an international member of the US National Academy of Sciences. She has undertaken numerous advisory roles for a broad range of organisations during her career.

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