Following an inspection, a report is produced for the Chief Surveillance Commissioner, detailing the findings of the Surveillance Inspector or Assistant Surveillance Commissioner and making appropriate recommendations. This report, once endorsed by the Chief Surveillance Commissioner, is sent to the chief officer of the public authority.

The report then becomes the property of the chief officer, who decides how its content will be further shared. This may be restricted to internal recipients within the public authority or, suitably redacted as necessary, shared more widely.


The Office of Surveillance Commissioners is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and does not make public its findings from the inspection process.


The Chief Surveillance Commissioner’s annual report contains an overview of the previous year’s use of covert activities by those public authorities lawfully empowered to use them.