Category Archives: RIPA

New RIPA Codes of Practice for Surveillance and CHIS

In August 2018 the revised Codes of Practice for Covert Surveillance and Property Interference and Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) were published. These contain substantial changes and additions which public authorities conducting surveillance under Part 2 of the Regulation of … Continue reading

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RIPA Surveillance Oversight and Inspection Regime Changes

By Steve Morris On 1st September 2017 Lord Justice Fulford commenced his new role as the Investigatory Powers Commissioner. Assisted by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO), he will undertake the oversight functions of three previous Commissioners under the Regulation … Continue reading

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RIPA and Communications Data: IoCCo Annual Report

                        In October 2015 the Prime Minister appointed Sir Stanley Burnton as the new Interception of Communications Commissioner replacing Sir Anthony May. Sir Stanley’s function is to keep under … Continue reading

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OSC RIPA (Surveillance) Procedures and Guidance: A view from its former editor

                                    For the first time, the Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) has made its Procedures and Guidance (P&G) public (in electronic format). The … Continue reading

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OSC Annual Report On Surveillance (RIPA) Published

  Steve Morris   On the 7th July 2016 the Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) published the 2015-2016 Annual Report. The report covers the period from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 and should be read by public authorities, … Continue reading

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

Interesting post from Sam Lincoln, an ex OSC Chief Inspector. Sam is the author of our RIPA E Learning course: http://www.actnow.org.uk/content/185 UK Human Rights Blog Those charged with the task of protecting the public from harm resort to assertion similar … 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 E-Learning Course

Regular refresher training for those conducting covert surveillance under Part 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) is a common recommendation by the Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) following inspections. Up to now, public authorities have had a … Continue reading

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Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) Annual RIPA Report (2015) – Key Points

The Chief Surveillance Commissioner, Sir Christopher Rose, published his final annual report on 25th June 2015. A lot of the report is typical of someone in his position who is leaving office, having a few parting moans. Then again, a … Continue reading

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