Category Archives: Surveillance

OSC (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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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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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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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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