Home Office: Counter-Terrorism

This section of the GOV.UK site contains publications from various departments on aspects of the UK government’s counter-terrorism policies and procedures.

Investigatory Powers Tribunal

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) was established under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. It investigates and determines complaints of unlawful use of covert techniques by public authorities (such as interception, surveillance and property interference) infringing the right to privacy and claims against intelligence or law enforcement agency conduct which breaches a wider range of human rights. Besides information and forms relating to the complaint procedure, and the texts of IPT rulings, the web site provides links to relevant legislation and codes of practice.

Office of Surveillance Commissioners

The Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) is an independent judge-based body responsible for overseeing the use of covert surveillance by designated public authorities based in the UK, and by the Police and Customs operating within the Sovereign Base Areas of Cyprus. There are links to relevant Acts, Statutory Instruments, codes of practice and annual reports. Under “Advice and guidance” there are summaries of key judgments in the area of privacy and covert activities.

Privacy International

Privacy International is an independent non-governmental organisation founded in 1990 to protect personal privacy. Resources on its web site have an emphasis on surveillance matters and include: recent news articles from around the world on privacy and Privacy International reports. Under “Legal Actions” there is a list of legal actions Privacy International has taken against governments and companies. Some of these have related documents available.

Security Service (MI5)

The Security Service, familiarly known as MI5, is responsible for protecting the UK against covertly organised threats to national security. The “How we work” section provides information on ministerial, parliamentary and judicial oversight of the Service, with links to relevant legislation. There is also a “News” section that contains press releases and speeches.

Undercover Policing Inquiry

The Undercover Policing Inquiry is an independent public inquiry into the conduct of undercover policing in England and Wales since 1968. It was established by the Home Secretary on 12 March 2015 and is chaired by Lord Justice Pitchford. Content on its official site includes contact details, terms of reference, FAQs, transcripts of hearings, updates, directions, rulings and orders.