Category Archives: Surveillance

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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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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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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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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Controlling, Lying and Blocking: Ways for the individual to win the privacy arms race?

This is a version of Marion Oswald’s speech at the launch of the Centre for Law & Information Policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on 24 February 2015. My talk is about controlling, lying and blocking. Could these … Continue reading

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Revised RIPA Policy and Procedures Toolkit (2015)

The local authority surveillance regime((under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, (RIPA)) has seen a number of developments in the past few years. These include: Since 1st November 2012, whenever exercising any powers under RIPA (doing Directed Surveillance, deploying … Continue reading

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