Category Archives: Privacy

OSC Annual RIPA Report (2014) – Key Points

The Chief Surveillance Commissioner published his annual report on 4th September 2014. The report covers the period from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014 and is essential reading for those public authorities, especially councils, who conduct surveillance under Part … Continue reading

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Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Annual Report

Local authorities have powers under Part I Chapter 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) (sections 21 to 25). This concerns the acquisition and disclosure of communications data from Communications Service Providers (CSPs). The definition of “communications … Continue reading

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All Change for Data Sharing?

Last year the Law Commission launched a consultation on the law around sharing of personal information between public sector organisations. The paper outlined the current law and asked 22 broad questions. In July, following analysis of the consultation responses, the … Continue reading

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The ICO and Seven Shades of Grey

If you’ve nothing to do at lunchtime and you’re an experienced DP person try the ICO quiz on the difference between Data Controllers and Data Processors. You can find it here. After all it’s not a hard quiz. Data Controllers … Continue reading

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IAPP Privacy and Freedom: A review by Lawrence Serewicz (@lldzne)

The IAPP has republished Alan Westin’s best-known book, Privacy and Freedom, which was first published in 1967. Despite its age, the new version, it is the same text with several introductory essays, provides context for a reader coming to it … Continue reading

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NEW CCTV Code Consultation

On 20th May 2014, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched a consultation on a revised Code of Practice on CCTV. This is intended to replace the current version, which was published in 2008, and aims to: reflect the developments in … Continue reading

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The new EU Data Protection Regulation; Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda?

On the 13th March 2014 the European Union (EU) Parliament voted with an overwhelming majority to approve a new Data Protection Regulation within the EU. Voting on the initial text that was put forward by the Commission, and not the … Continue reading

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