Electronic Surveillance: USA

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 30th October 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the advice of the former Interception of Communications Commissioner, The Rt Hon Sir Anthony May, at paragraph 2.4 of his report of March 2015 with the European Court of Justice’s judgement in case C-362/14, Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner.

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National security is a matter solely for Member States. The UK already has one of the strongest frameworks for the oversight of investigatory powers in the world. Building on the independent reports by David Anderson QC, the Royal United Services Institute and the Intelligence and Security Committee, the upcoming Investigatory Powers Bill will update the legal framework governing investigatory powers to ensure it is modern, transparent, fit for purpose and respects both privacy and security. It will ensure consistent, effective statutory safeguards and enhance our already robust oversight system. It will replace the existing statutory scheme with one that is comprehensive and comprehensible, bringing together all of the powers available to the state to access communications in a transparent way.

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