Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Communications Data Bill: What Councils Need to Know

The Draft Communications Data Bill was laid before Parliament on 14th June 2012. The Bill provides an updated framework for ensuring the availability of communications data and its obtaining by public authorities. It will replace the communications data provisions within … Continue reading

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To RIPA or Not To RIPA: Changes to Council Surveillance Powers

The days of local authorities being able to use surveillance powers to tackle dog fouling and littering offences will soon be over. From 1st November 2012, local authorities will face severe restrictions upon the grounds for which they can authorise … Continue reading

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FOI Review : What to Expect

Last year the Justice Select Committee, chaired by Sir Alan Beith, launched a call for written evidence for its post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI). The Committee invited written evidence on the following issues (although those responding … Continue reading

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