Public consultation on Investigatory Powers Tribunal launched
Public consultation on Investigatory Powers Tribunal launched

Increased oversight of the security and intelligence agencies and their use of investigatory powers were included in last November's reforms to the UK's Investigatory Powers Act (popularly known as the Snoopers' Charter), along with a right of appeal from decisions of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

On Friday security minister Ben Wallace launched consultation on the draft revised rules for a six week period during which views are sought on the changes to the rules which govern the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is intended to provide redress for anyone who believes they have been the victim of unlawful action by a public authority improperly using covert investigative techniques, or that their human rights have been infringed by the security and intelligence agencies.

The limited circumstances in which an appeal can be made include where there is a point of law that raises an important point of principle or practice, or where there is some other compelling reason for allowing an appeal.

Wallace commented: “The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is a crucial way to help ensure the activities of our intelligence and law enforcement agencies carry out to keep us all safe are authorised, necessary and proportionate....We are now seeking wider views, in particular on the proposed changes. All responses are welcome and will be carefully considered.”