Category Archives: Privacy

Staff Surveillance: It’s a Data Protection Issue

Increasingly affordable surveillance technology means that more and more employers are turning to surveillance to catch errant or work shy employees. But confusion still reigns as to which legislation applies and what can be done lawfully. If employee surveillance is … Continue reading

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The New RIPA Surveillance Codes: Key Changes

By Sam Lincoln (Chief Surveillance Inspector 2006 – 2013) Recently Ibrahim Hasan alerted you to the revisions of the two codes of practice underPart 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) published on 10th December 2014. Ibrahim … Continue reading

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New RIPA Codes come into force on 10th December 2014

On 10th December 2014 revised versions of the two codes of practice under Part 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) will come into force. This will be as a result of two statutory instruments made on … Continue reading

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When emails attack

It’s a simple error which most of us will have encountered, and usually it is more of an irritation than anything else. But last week’s data breach at NHS Greater Glasgow impacted on a highly sensitive area of healthcare. A … Continue reading

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Yet Another CCTV Code

CCTV is a hot topic. Following complaints by Big Brother Watch, the ICO has taken enforcement action involving both number plate recognition cameras and cameras recording people’s conversations in taxis. On 20th May 2014, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched … Continue reading

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OSC Annual RIPA Report (2014) – Key Points

The Chief Surveillance Commissioner published his annual report on 4th September 2014. The report covers the period from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014 and is essential reading for those public authorities, especially councils, who conduct surveillance under Part … Continue reading

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Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Annual Report

Local authorities have powers under Part I Chapter 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) (sections 21 to 25). This concerns the acquisition and disclosure of communications data from Communications Service Providers (CSPs). The definition of “communications … Continue reading

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