back to article UK's first Investigatory Powers Commissioner: Lord Justice Fulford

The Prime Minister has today appointed Lord Justice Fulford as the first Investigatory Powers Commissioner, who will be the chief overseer of the UK's new surveillance laws. The role of the commissioner was established by Section 227 of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, which allows the Prime Minister to appoint the …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    All very well

    Although Lord Justice Fulford is experienced and respected, all he can do here is interpret the law, and then mostly behind closed doors. So where all the "investigatory power" laws were drafted by utter monkeys working for control freak simpletons, there's little he can do other than to offer a very intelligent interpretation of the shoddy work of clowns, and for the most part whatever he concludes we'll never know.

  2. DMcDonnell

    Lord High Justice

    Lord Justice Fulford. A LORD of justice.

    Does he also wear a powdered wig?

    I had to laugh.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: Lord High Justice

      "Does he also wear a powdered wig?"

      I don't know if the appointment's full time. If not he may also sit in court in which case he probably does wear a wig. Having had the opportunity to see a good many barristers and judges from the vantage point of the witness box I've never seen any sign of their wigs being powdered.

      Do you have any relevant questions to ask?

  3. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Gimp

    The recommendation was for a commission

    But then that might mean they had enough legs to find out WTF was going on.

    And we know how that would sit with the assorted data fetishists who want this, don't we?

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: The recommendation was for a commission

      ...and the first Commissioner is appointed by the person who fought tooth and nail as Home Sec to get this legislation through and then oversaw it's introduction as PM.

  4. BA
    WTF?

    He has all the powers

    Unfortunately it is all the "Powers of the Power Puff Girls".

    He can yak and yak as much as he likes. but there is no bite as the commission has no teeth.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: He has all the powers

      He can yak and yak as much as he likes. but there is no bite as the commission has no teeth.

      Of course it doesn't have teeth, because it doesn't exist. There's no commission. As the article quoted:

      [...] an Investigatory Powers Commission, rather than just a commissioner, would be necessary [...]

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    UK FISA

    Does this guy rubber-stamp?

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