Declaration 2014: Legal Professional Privilege is vital to a fair trial – The Bar Council

‘Legal chiefs and academics today demanded new laws to stop police and security services from spying on meetings between lawyers and their clients.’

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The Bar Council, 9th December 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: codes of practice consultation – Attorney General’s Office

‘A consultation on a revised code of practice that governs the use of investigatory powers in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 12th December 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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Cracking intercepts: the war on terror and difficulties with Human Rights – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This is a fascinating case, not just on the facts or merits but because it is generated by two of the major catalysts of public law litigation: the government’s duty to look after the security of its citizens, and the rapid outpacing of surveillance law by communications technology. Anyone who has seen The Imitation Game, a film loosely based on the biography of Alan Turing, will appreciate the conflicting currents at the core of this case: the rights of an individual to know, and foresee, what the limits of his freedom are, and the necessity to conceal from the enemy how much we know about their methods. Except the Turing film takes place in official wartime, whereas now the state of being at “war” has taken on a wholly different character.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th December 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Judicial reviews: a decision that’s best left to judges – The Guardian

‘The justice secretary wants to restrict access to judicial reviews, but judging the lawfulness of executive action should not be a matter for the executive.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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MPs get go-ahead to challenge snooping law – The Guardian

‘Two MPs have been given the green light to legally challenge the government over the introduction of legislation which gives police and security services access to people’s phone and internet records.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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UK mass surveillance laws do not breach human rights, tribunal rules – The Guardian

‘Britain’s legal regime governing mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies does not violate human rights, a tribunal has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Pre-charge bail: Everything you need to know about the campaign to close a ‘legal limbo’ loophole – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in bail, evidence, investigatory powers, news, police, time limits by sally

‘Former ministers, MPs and lawyers have signed a letter to The Telegraph demanding reform of the controversial pre-charge bail measure. Here’s what you need to know.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Internet data plan back on political agenda – BBC News

‘A law forcing firms to hand details to police identifying who was using a computer or mobile phone at a given time is to be outlined by Theresa May.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Investing in crime fighting technology: accountability versus privacy rights – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The London Met has recently indicated that officers will be fitted with body cameras. Other wearable technology such as wi-fi enabled clothing that allows real-time tracking, vital sign monitoring and constant communications is being trialled in the US.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 21st November 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Police face legal action for snooping on journalists – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2014 in data protection, investigatory powers, media, news, police, stop and search by tracey

‘A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the Metropolitan police has been recording their professional activities on a secret database designed to monitor so-called domestic extremists.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2014

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Jihadis who travel to Syria could be barred from UK return for two years – The Guardian

‘Suspected jihadis, including teenagers, who travel to Syria will be prevented from returning to Britain for two years and only allowed to re-enter if they consent to face trial, home detention, regular police monitoring or go on a deradicalisation course. The plan, agreed after months of internal Whitehall talks, has been cleared by government law officers and devised to minimise legal claims that the British government will be rendering citizens stateless by barring them from the UK.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Police ‘use loophole’ to access phone and email records – Daily Telegraph

‘Police forces have used a loophole to access phone and email records, it has been claimed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th October 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Ripa: Curbs on police hacking journalist phones to find story sources – Daily Telegraph

‘Police will be banned from accessing reporter phone logs under the powers of Ripa unless they can show it is for serious crime.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Police admit use of snooping powers to reveal journalists’ sources must change – The Guardian

Posted October 8th, 2014 in interception, investigatory powers, news, police by sally

‘Senior police officers have conceded that the way police are authorised to use snooping powers to identify journalists’ sources needs to change.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Last week The Sun wanted to abolish the Human Rights Act, this week they want to use it to protect their journalists – The Independent

Posted October 7th, 2014 in human rights, investigatory powers, media, news by sally

‘Just days after The Sun newspaper celebrated David Cameron’s promise to abolish the Human Rights Act (HRA), it is using the very same laws to protect one of its own journalists.’

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The Independent, 6th October 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Surveillance watchdog warns police over false identities on social media – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2014 in identity fraud, internet, investigatory powers, news, police by tracey

‘Police officers and others public authorities who use false identities to disguise their online presence when they use social media to investigate a suspect’s personal lifestyle or associates without authorisation have been warned by the chief surveillance watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2014

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DRIP – Data Retention Regulations come into force – Panopticon

‘The introduction of the controversial draft Data Retention Regulations 2014 has already been discussed by my colleague Robin Hopkins in his excellent post last month. The Regulations now have the force of law, having come into force on 31 July 2014 – see the Regulations here. In his post, Robin made the point that, following the judgment in Digital Rights Ireland, there were two methods for curtailing the infringement of privacy rights presupposed by the existing communications data retention (CDR) regime: either cut back on the data retention requirements provided for under the legislation, so as generally to limit the potential for interference with privacy rights, or introduce more robust safeguards with a view to ensuring that any interference with privacy rights is proportionate and otherwise justified. The Government, which has evidently opted for the latter approach in the new Regulations, will now need to persuade a somewhat sceptical public that the safeguards which have been adopted in the legislation strike the right balance as between the protection of privacy rights on the one hand and the imperative to support criminal law enforcement functions on the other.’

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Panopticon, 5th August 2014

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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The death of privacy – The Guardian

‘Google knows what you’re looking for. Facebook knows what you like. Sharing is the norm, and secrecy is out. But what is the psychological and cultural fallout from the end of privacy?’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Drip surveillance law faces legal challenge by MPs – The Guardian

‘The application for a judicial review of the new legislation, which was passed with support from the three main parties, is to be mounted by the human rights organisation Liberty on behalf of the two backbench MPs.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2014

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UK definition of terrorism ‘could catch political journalists and bloggers’ – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in investigatory powers, news, statutory interpretation, terrorism by michael

‘The current British definition of terrorism is so broadly drawn that it could even catch political journalists and bloggers who publish material that the authorities consider dangerous to public safety, said the official counter-terrorism watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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