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The New RIPA Surveillance Codes: Key Changes

By Sam Lincoln (Chief Surveillance Inspector 2006 – 2013) Recently Ibrahim Hasan alerted you to the revisions of the two codes of practice underPart 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) published on 10th December 2014. Ibrahim … Continue reading

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1st September 2013: D Day for (FOI) Datasets

From 1st September 2013 public authorities will face new obligations when it comes to the release and re use of datasets. Recent publications provide more details about the new provisions and how public authorities should prepare for their implementation. The … Continue reading

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FOI and Datasets: Draft Code of Practice

The Protection of Freedoms Act will amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 so that in the future public authorities will have greater obligations in relation to the release and publication of datasets. The key points of Section 102 of … Continue reading

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First Magistrates’ Approval of RIPA Surveillance

Gateshead Council MAY HAVE become the first local authority in the country to successfully obtain Magistrates’ approval for covert surveillance under new laws which came into force on 1st November 2012. Chapter 2 of Part 2 of the Protection of … Continue reading

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RIPA Policy and Procedure Toolkit (November 2012)

Major changes to the local authority surveillance regime (under RIPA) come into force this today. Local authorities will need to obtain Magistrates’ approval for all surveillance done under RIPA. Directed Surveillance will be subject to a new serious crime test … Continue reading

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1st November: D-Day for Council Surveillance

1st of November 2012 will see big changes in the way local authorities carry out surveillance under Regulation fo Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA): 1. Magistrates’ Approval for all Surveillance Sections 37 and 38 of the Protection of Freedoms Act … Continue reading

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New RIPA Procedure Guidance: Magistrates’ Approval

Chapter 2 of Part 2 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (sections 37 and 38) comes into force on 1st November 2012. This changes the procedure for the authorisation of local authority surveillance under the Regulation for Investigatory Powers … Continue reading

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Mind the (Surveillance) Gap!

Before the 2010 election, both coalition parties made a big thing about “rolling back the Surveillance State.” They announced in the Coalition Agreement:  “We will ban the use of powers in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) by councils, … Continue reading

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Judicial Approval for Council Surveillance

The Commencement Order for, amongst other things, the RIPA provisions within the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 has now been made. This means that from 1st November 2012 all local authority surveillance will require judicial approval. Chapter 2 of Part … Continue reading

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Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012  2012 CHAPTER 9 The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 received Royal Assent on 1st May 2012. The Act contains a number of measures which, when brought into force, will have a major impact on public … Continue reading

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