Category Archives: Privacy

‘The Great CPS Data-breach!’

                        No, this isn’t a new multi-million pound blockbuster, but instead a £200,000 error the Crown Prosecution Service probably wishes it had never made. On the 4th November 2015 … Continue reading

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

Originally posted on UK Human Rights Blog:
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…

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Jumping on the charity bashing gravy train.

Returned from holiday to a mountain of mail. Usually this is good fun but recently it’s turned into a nightmare of more and more charity mailings. First off today was British Heart Foundation. A good cause and I walk voluntarily … Continue reading

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CCTV and the Law

By Steve Morris The updated version of the Information Commissioner’s CCTV Code of Practice address the rising phenomena of surveillance technologies and methods. No longer are surveillance cameras passive image collectors, providing a resource for immediate use or historical evidence. … Continue reading

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Facebook, Social Networks and the Need for RIPA Authorisations

By Ibrahim Hasan Increasingly local authorities are turning to the online world, especially social media, when conducting investigations. There is some confusion as to whether the viewing of suspects’ Facebook accounts and other social networks requires an authorisation under Part … Continue reading

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New RIPA Communications Data Code of Practice

In March 2015 a new Code of Practice for the Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data by public authorities, including councils, under Part I Chapter 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000(RIPA), came into force.  It contains several … Continue reading

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And so, the end is near, and now we face, the final curtain… or do we?

In case you missed it over the last week or so it has been confirmed that the European Council have agreed a text of the Draft EU Data Protection Regulation. You would think that would be the final stage but … Continue reading

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