Category Archives: Surveillance

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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Book Review: Blackstone’s’ Guide to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 by Simon McKay (@simonmckay)

The Investigatory Powers Act received Royal Assent on 29 November 2016. Nicknamed “the Snoopers’ Charter”, the Act provides that communications service providers may be required by the Secretary of State to retain communications data, for up to 12 months, where it … 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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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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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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The Investigatory Powers Bill: Implications for Local Authorities

                      The government’s controversial Draft Investigatory Powers Bill was published in early November. Amongst other things, the Bill: Requires web and phone companies to store records of websites visited by … Continue reading

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