David Anderson QC has published his report "A Question of Trust" on the operation and effectiveness of existing legislation relating to surveillance and investigatory powers and sets forward his case for a new or amending law (the Report). The independent review is required under the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014.

The Report concludes that the existing law is fragmented, obscure and variable in the protection that it affords people. It makes 124 recommendations and pushes for stronger oversight of the activities of the police and security services. The Report suggest that the government form a new law to replace the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the other powers that authorise the collection of communications data.

In relation to the Communications Data Bill 2012, the Report suggests that the compulsory retention of records of user interaction with the internet would be useful but a detailed operational case would need to be set out for such a law.

To read the Report in full, please click here.