Category Archives: Communications Data

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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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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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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RIPA and Communications Data: 2014 Annual Report

    Local authorities have powers, under Part I Chapter 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000(RIPA), to acquire communications data from Communications Service Providers (CSPs). The definition of “communications data” includes information relating to the use of … Continue reading

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When emails attack

It’s a simple error which most of us will have encountered, and usually it is more of an irritation than anything else. But last week’s data breach at NHS Greater Glasgow impacted on a highly sensitive area of healthcare. A … Continue reading

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