Category Archives: OSC

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

Originally posted on UK Human Rights Blog:
Those charged with the task of protecting the public from harm resort to assertion similar to that here attributed to a GCHQ spokesperson: Our work is carried out in accordance with a strict…

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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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How To Impress An OSC Inspector – Free E Book

In recent weeks reports reviewing RIPA by the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism and the Royal United Services Institute have been published. Both reports emphasised the need for clearer law and stronger oversight. Some may presume that their recommendations persuade the … Continue reading

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