The role of a Special Envoy on intelligence and law enforcement data sharing was announced as part of the emergency Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 in July 2014.
In September 2014, Sir Nigel Sheinwald was appointed
The role was described by the Prime Minister as:
- "A number of overseas companies have asserted that their ability to work with the UK government is being severely constrained by international conflicts of jurisdiction. For example, where they think they have a British law saying that they should share data, and an American law saying that they shouldn’t. So we intend to appoint a senior diplomat to work with America and other countries to address these concerns and ensure that lawful and justified transfer of information across borders takes place to protect our people’s safety and security."
In June 2015 the Guardian reported that Sir Nigel Sheinwald had issued a secret report to the Prime Minister recommending an international data sharing treaty. A summary of work undertaken was published later in June 2015.
- Sir Nigel Sheinwald appointed Special Envoy on intelligence and law enforcement data sharing, GOV.UK, 2014-09-19
- Secret report urges treaty forcing US web firms' cooperation in data sharing, Guardian, 2015-06-02
- Special Envoy on Intelligence and Data Sharing: summary of work, GOV.UK, 2015-05-25