Ian Brown writes:
We're just finalising the very last details before sending out a full announcement, but I thought lots of list members might be interested in the forthcoming Scrambling for Safety 8 meeting that FIPR and friends are holding next month. Simon Watkin, Caspar Bowden, Richard Clayton, Brian Gladman, Duncan Campbell, The Earl of Erroll, Ross Anderson, Lord Phillips of Sudbury and Simon Davies will all be speaking on the two current Home Office RIPA consultations (on government access to decryption keys and the code of practice for government access to phone/Internet usage data).
The (free) event will be held on Monday 14 August from 2-5pm at University College London (Gower Street, WC1).
Full event and registration details to come in the next few days. Hope lots of you can make it!
We have set up two mini-blogs, to help people to read and comment on each section of these two Public Consultations:
- Consultation on the Draft Code of Practice for the Investigation of Protected Electronic Information - Part III of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
- Consultation on the Revised Statutory Code for Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data - Chapter II of Part I of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
Previous Scrambling for Safety conferences have been graced with the presence of such intellectual heavyweights as Charles Clarke MP, when he occupied the post of junior Home Office Minister of State for Policing, Security and Community Safety. Surely this former Home Secretary should be invited to speak again, now that he is a backbench MP ?
We would really like to see, either as speakers, or just as attendees to whom we could chat privately, the relevant Commissioners who have been appointed under the RIPA legislation e.g. Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Gibson, the Intelligence Services Commissioner or Rt. Hon. Sir Paul Kennedy , the Interception of Communications Commissioner
or Rt. Hon. Sir Christopher Rose, the Chief Surveillance Commissioner (who took over this position on 1st July
Even the recently retired Rt. Hon. Sir Swinton Thomas, the former Interception of Communications Commissioner (whose advice to the Prme Minister raised the issue of the "Wilson Doctrine") or the former Intelligence Services Commissioner, Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Simon Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood or the former Chief Surveillance Commissioner, Sir Andrew Leggatt, would be able to contribute to this debate on future policy, without, of course, revealing any confidential information.
The RIPA Part III Draft Code of Practice calls for the Chairman of the Financial Services Authority to be informed beforehand, if an Encryption Key is demanded of any of the regulated financial institutions are involved, notwithstanding the fact that the FSA is not exempt from the "tipping off" secrecy offences under RIPA. Bearing in mind the current SWIFT financial communication network scandal, where such Encryption Keys and Digital Signature Keys are used all the time, we would also llike to see either Sir Christopher Kelly KCB, or someone senior from the FSA or from Her Majesty's Treasury, in attendance, given the literally billions of pounds of economic damage that this legislation will do, if it is badly draughted, or misapplied.