Category Archives: Privacy

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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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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