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How safe are your communications? Lecture by former GCHQ chief.


Monday 27 June 2016

18:00 to 20:00

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Room K6.07. King's College London University Strand, London WC2R 2LS


How safe are your communications? Placing secret intelligence gathering under the rule of law

Sir David will review the progress of the Investigatory Powers Bill and discuss its historical significance in placing intrusive intelligence gathering under legal safeguards. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, will  speak on behalf of the union.

Sir David Omand GCB is a visiting professor at the war studies department, King's College London and at Sciences-Po in Paris. He was the UK's first security and intelligence coordinator, responsible to the Prime Minister for the professional health of the intelligence community, national counter-terrorism strategy and “homeland security”. He served for seven years on the Joint Intelligence Committee. He was Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1997 to 2000 and before that director of GCHQ. He was a minister at the Ministry of Defence concerned with long term strategy, with the British military contribution in restoring peace in the former Yugoslavia and the recasting of British nuclear deterrence policy at the end of the Cold War. He was principal private secretary to the Defence Secretary during the Falklands conflict and served for three years in NATO Brussels as the UK Defence Counsellor. He has been a visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies at King's College London since 2005-6.

Michelle Stanistreet is the general secretary of the National Union of Journalists (UK and Ireland). She worked as a journalist for 10 years at the Sunday Express newspaper as feature writer and books editor and was recently elected unopposed to serve her second term as leader of the union.

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