UK surveillance and spying watchdog begins work

Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office to ensure intelligence and government services act within new law

An expanded watchdog charged with regulating the intelligence services and surveillance by state agencies has officially begun work.

The role of the first investigatory powers commissioner, Lord Justice Fulford, combines the work of three former oversight bodies and will provide judicial checks on some investigations. His office, the IPCO, will employ about 70 staff, including 15 serving and retired judges.

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