Category Archives: Privacy

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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Controlling, Lying and Blocking: Ways for the individual to win the privacy arms race?

This is a version of Marion Oswald’s speech at the launch of the Centre for Law & Information Policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on 24 February 2015. My talk is about controlling, lying and blocking. Could these … Continue reading

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Data Protection, the Law and Social Media: Keeping Your Boat Afloat

  Paul Gibbons writes… Social media have been good for me. Without my FOIMan blog and Twitter feed, I would never have been asked to deliver training for Act Now Training, or indeed offered many of the wonderful opportunities that … Continue reading

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Revised RIPA Policy and Procedures Toolkit (2015)

The local authority surveillance regime((under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, (RIPA)) has seen a number of developments in the past few years. These include: Since 1st November 2012, whenever exercising any powers under RIPA (doing Directed Surveillance, deploying … Continue reading

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CCTV Surveillance: Getting It Right

Steve Morris writes… “I keep six honest serving men, they taught me all I know, their names are what, why, when, how, where and who…” “I know a person small, she keeps ten million serving-men who get no rest at … Continue reading

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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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