Category Archives: Privacy

To Share or not to share, that is the question

As many data protection practitioners are well aware, there is a whole raft of legislation affecting the sharing of personal data. There are laws to tell us we must share. There are laws to tell us we absolutely must not … Continue reading

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Surveillance and the DPA

Roger J Bescoby of the Brownsword Group writes: Brownsword Group is often engaged to undertake covert surveillance on behalf of clients, including public bodies and insurance companies, where, for example, there are allegations of insurance fraud or spurious personal injury … Continue reading

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RIPA Part 2 Inspections: Common Criticisms by the OSC

The Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) is responsible for overseeing the use of covert surveillance by designated public authorities by carrying out regular inspections. (Appendix E of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner’s Annual Report (2012-13) lists those whom the OSC inspects … Continue reading

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(Probably) The First Group Action For Damages under the Data Protection Act

In December 2013 a group legal action was settled against the London Borough of Islington following breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998. Anna Thwaites, partner at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP, and Ruth … Continue reading

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Definition of Personal Data: Durant Revisited

December 2013 marked the 10-year anniversary of one of Data Protection’s most notorious developments, but it came and went without any great fanfare. It’s not really surprising that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)  didn’t issue a press release celebrating the … Continue reading

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The shortest Data Protection Policy in the world?

Youngest son has been looking for work and was interviewed for some warehouse job with a big name in retail and had this thrust under his nose while being interviewed. Luckily the modern scourge of camera phone proved very useful … Continue reading

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Use of Social Media in Investigations

All investigators, when tackling rogue traders, fraudsters or errant employees, need to make use of the Internet as an investigatory tool. Unfortunately there is a lack of knowledge of Internet investigation techniques amongst investigators especially those working in the public … Continue reading

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The Law of Employee Surveillance

Decreasing public sector budgets and increasingly affordable technology mean that more and more employers are turning to surveillance to catch errant or work shy employees. But this area is a legal minefield. Mistakes can end up with adverse headlines in … Continue reading

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Data Sharing Consultation – Do we need new laws?

The Law Commission has opened a consultation on the law around sharing of personal information between public sector organisations. Law Commissioner Frances Patterson QC says: “It could be that more data sharing would improve public services but, if that is … Continue reading

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The 2013 Surveillance Commissioner Report – Key Points

The Chief Surveillance Commissioner published his 2013 annual report (covering the period from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013) on 18th July 2013. It is important reading for those public authorities who conduct surveillance under Part 2 of the … Continue reading

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