He has been responsible for the Prevent anti-terrorism strategy, the Intercept Modernisation Programme under Labour and the current Communications Capabilities Development Programme, both being projects to enable to the government to surveil the traffic data of ordinary Internet communications of UK citizens. The programme has resulted in the draft Communications Data Bill.
He was briefly tipped to become the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office: "the expected promotion of ex-spook Charles Farr, the official most closely linked to ‘Big Brother Britain’, has sparked a heated debate among senior civil servants – and MPs" before the appointment of Mark Sedwill.
- Charles Farr - Wikipedia
- Theresa May under fire over spy tipped to be top mandarin - and his love for her glamorous aide Mail on Sunday, 2 December 2012
- Spookdom’s Farr horizons, Private Eye 1330