Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office

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for the Northern Ireland role, see Investigatory Powers Commissioner for Northern Ireland

The Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office (IPCO) is an independent oversight role created by the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, and replaces various other commissioner roles related to surveillance.

The first commissioner, Lord Justice Fulford, was appointed in March 2017[1]. The former Intelligence Services Commissioner, Sir John Goldring, formerly the Intelligence Services Commissioner, will take on a new role as Deputy Investigatory Powers Commissioner.

From September 2017[2], the commissioner takes over the roles of the Intelligence Services Commissioner, Interception of Communications Commissioner, and the Office of Surveillance Commissioners.

The IPC will lead a team of around 70. This will be made up of:
- 15 Judicial Commissioners, made up of current and retired High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court judges and their equivalents in Scotland and Northern Ireland. They will be responsible for applying judicial oversight of certain investigatory powers through the ‘double- lock’ process, and in overseeing inspections by official inspectors.
- 50 official staff including inspectors, technical and legal advisors, led by a Chief Executive.
- A technology advisory panel (TAP), made up of scientific and technical experts, who will advise the Judicial Commissioners on technically complex issues.

Office for Communications Data Authorisations

Draft regulations propose[3] that the IPC delegates the function of authorising communications data requests to a dedicated body, the Office for Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA).



  1. Investigatory Powers Commissioner appointed: Lord Justice Fulford, GOV.UK, 2017-03-03
  2. Investigatory Powers Commissioner establishes oversight regime , GOV.UK, 2017-09-01
  3. Investigatory Powers Act 2016, GOV.UK, 2017-11-30