Broadening of the ISCs Investigation

On October 17, 2013, the ISC announced that it was broadening its inquiry to consider “whether the current statutory framework governing access to private communications remains adequate.” The heads of MI5, MI6, and GCHQ appeared before the ISC for the first time in an open evidence session on November 7, 2013.

On December 11, 2013, the ISC invited the submission of written evidence. Among those submitting written evidence were: Liberty; Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law at the UEA Law School Paul Bernal; independent advocate Caspar Bowen; Liberal Democratic peer Lord Paul Strasburger; the Institution of Engineering and Technologya group of University College law students consisting of Daniella Lock, Tara Agoston, Hitesh Dhorajiwala, Josie Teale, Edmund Gross, Edmund Robinson, Aimee Riese and Maryam Siddiqui, and Rights Watch (UK).

The ISC held public evidence sessions on October 14, 15, 16, and 23, 2014. Those who provided oral evidence are listed in the ISC’s Report of March 12, 2015, at pp. 147-49.

ISC’S Statement in 2013 Affirming the Legality of the GCHQ’s Use of Prism

On the basis of its investigatory powers under the Justice and Security Act 2013, the ISC responded to the Snowden revelations by taking oral evidence from the Director of the GHCQ, obtaining reports by the GCHQ on intelligence from the United States, and engaging in discussions during a visit to the United States with the NSA and “our Congressional counterparts.” Continue reading ISC’S Statement in 2013 Affirming the Legality of the GCHQ’s Use of Prism