What protections and transparency will there be
to report if some bad actor tries to nobble or blackmail members of the IPCO ?
The Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office, the body tasked with watching UK spooks, has revealed how it will decide whether to approve snooping warrants authorised by government. The advisory notice (PDF) published yesterday will act as a guide for IPCO's 15 judicial commissioners – working and retired judges appointed to …
That'll be the real test of how strong this "oversight" is.
If it's limited (IE < 5%) and some of the warrants are refused (IOW the system is working) I expect HMG to
a) Reduce the powers of the Commission
b) "Restructure" it with more "understanding" reviewers.
Once data fetishists have power it's damm difficult to pry any of it out of their hands.
But it is a (modestly) promising start.
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