Surveillance under RIPA: neither a strict legal framework nor rigorously overseen – Sam Lincoln

Interesting post from Sam Lincoln, an ex OSC Chief Inspector. Sam is the author of our RIPA E Learning course: http://www.actnow.org.uk/content/185

UK Human Rights Blog

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Those charged with the task of protecting the public from harm resort to assertion similar to that here attributed to a GCHQ spokesperson:

Our work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework, which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight.

I was the Chief Surveillance Inspector at the Office of Surveillance Commissioners for eight years until August 2013. My own view is that the legal and policy framework is not strict and that oversight is not rigorous. Until they are, we should not blame public authorities for exploiting opportunities that enable them to meet their operational and investigative objectives.

Regardless of one’s views on the actions of Mr. Snowden, public knowledge of covert capabilities has encouraged those who engage in covert conduct to explain what it is they require and why. The reports published by the Independent…

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