Category Archives: Protection of Freedoms Act

Monitoring Staff Use of Social Networks: The Human Rights Implications

According to a recent FOI request made by BBC Radio 5 live, last year there was a rise in the number of UK council staff suspended after being accused of breaking social media rules. Many employers, both in the public … 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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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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RIPA Policy and Procedures Toolkit – Time Limited Offer

  It is almost two years since major changes to the local authority surveillance regime (under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, (RIPA) came into force. Since 1st November 2012, whenever exercising any powers under RIPA (doing Directed Surveillance, … Continue reading

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1st September 2013: D Day for (FOI) Datasets

From 1st September 2013 public authorities will face new obligations when it comes to the release and re use of datasets. Recent publications provide more details about the new provisions and how public authorities should prepare for their implementation. The … Continue reading

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FOI and Datasets: Draft Code of Practice

The Protection of Freedoms Act will amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 so that in the future public authorities will have greater obligations in relation to the release and publication of datasets. The key points of Section 102 of … Continue reading

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First Magistrates’ Approval of RIPA Surveillance

Gateshead Council MAY HAVE become the first local authority in the country to successfully obtain Magistrates’ approval for covert surveillance under new laws which came into force on 1st November 2012. Chapter 2 of Part 2 of the Protection of … Continue reading

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