Following a year of consultation, the Independent Surveillance Review has presented its report, “A Democratic Licence to Operate”. The Review highlights how democracy should combine a respect for privacy and freedom of speech whilst maintaining high levels of security.

The review panel recommends that the intrusive investigative techniques used on the Internet and in relation to digital data are brought into full compliance with the human rights framework. The Review also sets out 10 tests that any new legislation should pass before it can be regarded as giving the police and intelligence agencies a democratic licence to operate.

A Democratic Licence to Operate (PDF)