GCHQ was officially rebuked by the former foreign secretary Dominic Raab for suspending internal compliance audit checks, which are required to ensure the law is being followed. The decision to stop the checks was apparently due to the pandemic in early 2020. However, investigators from the Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office discovered the lapse in procedure in July of the same year. According to the IPCO in its 2020 annual report, "one of the measures which had been temporarily suspended concerned the internal audit of necessity and proportionality justifications written by analysts to justify their selection for examination of bulk data."
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