Charles Farr

Charles Blandford Farr OBE is the Director of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism at the Home Office.[1]

He worked for MI6 in Afghanistan in the 1980s[1] supplying money to Afghan warlords in return for stopping the production of opium.[2] He was awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year Honours list.[3]

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.[1] 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.[2][4]

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