Category Archives: Protection of Freedoms Act

RIPA Policy and Procedure Toolkit (November 2012)

Major changes to the local authority surveillance regime (under RIPA) come into force this today. Local authorities will need to obtain Magistrates’ approval for all surveillance done under RIPA. Directed Surveillance will be subject to a new serious crime test … Continue reading

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1st November: D-Day for Council Surveillance

1st of November 2012 will see big changes in the way local authorities carry out surveillance under Regulation fo Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA): 1. Magistrates’ Approval for all Surveillance Sections 37 and 38 of the Protection of Freedoms Act … Continue reading

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New RIPA Procedure Guidance: Magistrates’ Approval

Chapter 2 of Part 2 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (sections 37 and 38) comes into force on 1st November 2012. This changes the procedure for the authorisation of local authority surveillance under the Regulation for Investigatory Powers … Continue reading

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Mind the (Surveillance) Gap!

Before the 2010 election, both coalition parties made a big thing about “rolling back the Surveillance State.” They announced in the Coalition Agreement:  “We will ban the use of powers in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) by councils, … Continue reading

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Judicial Approval for Council Surveillance

The Commencement Order for, amongst other things, the RIPA provisions within the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 has now been made. This means that from 1st November 2012 all local authority surveillance will require judicial approval. Chapter 2 of Part … Continue reading

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To RIPA or Not To RIPA: Changes to Council Surveillance Powers

The days of local authorities being able to use surveillance powers to tackle dog fouling and littering offences will soon be over. From 1st November 2012, local authorities will face severe restrictions upon the grounds for which they can authorise … Continue reading

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FOI Review : What to Expect

Last year the Justice Select Committee, chaired by Sir Alan Beith, launched a call for written evidence for its post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI). The Committee invited written evidence on the following issues (although those responding … Continue reading

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