Category Archives: Surveillance

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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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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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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ICO 2013 Conference Review

Roger Bescoby reviews the recent ICO conference… I was on my travels last week and on Tuesday (5th May 2013) found myself at the ICO Data Protection Officers’ Conference  in Manchester. Over 800 people present and about 300 ‘waiting outside … Continue reading

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Trainer under Surveillance! – RIPA required or even obtainable?

About 5pm I arrive at a small hotel ready to deliver training the next day. There is no car park at the hotel so I park on the large pay and display opposite. I check the charges, and buy the … Continue reading

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RIPA, CHIS and the IPT

A recent legal case about undercover police officers’ activities whilst investigating protest groups, has raised the importance of RIPA forms being completed correctly and care being taken when authorising them. Ten women have launched  a legal action claiming they were … Continue reading

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First Magistrates’ Approval of RIPA Surveillance

Gateshead Council MAY HAVE become the first local authority in the country to successfully obtain Magistrates’ approval for covert surveillance under new laws which came into force on 1st November 2012. Chapter 2 of Part 2 of the Protection of … Continue reading

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RIPA Policy and Procedure Toolkit (November 2012)

Major changes to the local authority surveillance regime (under RIPA) come into force this today. Local authorities will need to obtain Magistrates’ approval for all surveillance done under RIPA. Directed Surveillance will be subject to a new serious crime test … Continue reading

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