On the board of directors of HSBC Holdings plc is Lord Evans, formerly Jonathan Evans, Sir Jonathan Evans and Director of MI5. On 1 July 2015 Lord Evans was appointed a Director of Ark Data Centres who’s holding company is Ark Data Centres Holdings LLP, registered in the Isle of Man, a tax haven. These are the unnamed partners in the LLP (limited liability partnership):
This is Fort Anne, in Douglas:
Companies House, under the entry for Ark Data Centres Limited lists Jonathan Evans as only having one appointment, that at Ark Data:
However, under the entry for HSBC Holdings plc he is also listed as having only one appointment, HSBC Holdings plc:
A search at Companies House on just Evans’s name produces only one directorship, neither of the above:
What has this got to do with the new Investigatory Powers Bill, due to come into force very soon have overcome the final House of Lords obstacle? The main provisions of the bill –
The banks are already sharing details of customers’ exact monthly income and expenditure with each other. HMRC wants direct access to taxpayers’ accounts. If Companies House data records are any indication of the accuracy of Government data keeping, the new bill should be extremely worrying for every citizen. The chief government spymaster is now the chief private company spymaster, in collaboration with HSBC.