User Guide to Police Powers and Procedures – Home Office

Posted April 3rd, 2014 in investigatory powers, news, police, statistics by tracey

‘This guide to Police Powers and Procedures Statistics is designed to be a useful reference guide with explanatory notes on the statistics.’

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Home Office, 3rd April 2014

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Violent sex assault cold case solved after a decade in one of the first ever cases of ‘covert DNA retrieval’ – The Independent

Posted March 4th, 2014 in assault, DNA, firearms, investigatory powers, news, sexual offences by sally

‘A violent sex attacker was caught when police used ground-breaking anti-terrorism powers to covertly recover DNA from a coffee cup he had used at the end of a four-day surveillance operation.’

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The Independent, 3rd March 2014

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Regina (Van Der Pijl) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 18th, 2014 in investigatory powers, law reports, police, treaties, warrants by sally

Regina (Van Der Pijl) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another [2014] EWHC 281 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 71

‘Whilst the test of substantial relevance applied equally to applications for search warrants made in the context of domestic proceedings and applications made at the request of foreign authorities under the Crime (International Cooperation) Act 2003, its application invariably differed. In context a domestic court asked to assess substantial relevance in respect of foreign proceedings would do so on a necessarily more circumscribed basis than the same court would were the assessment in respect of proceedings before the same court.’

WLR Daily, 13th February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Regina (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another (Liberty intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Roberts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another (Liberty intervening) [2014] EWCA Civ 69; [2014] WLR (D) 50

‘Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 did not confer an arbitrary power and was compatible with article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 4th February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Barristers tell Parliament that some GCHQ mass surveillance is illegal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Two barristers have advised a Parliamentary committee that some mass surveillance allegedly undertaken by the UK’s security services is probably illegal. Jemima Stratford QC and Tim Johnston’s advice (PDF) was commissioned by the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th January 2014

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Police admit they should have reviewed tactic used in Mark Duggan case – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan Police has admitted it was wrong not to review its use of the “hard stop” tactic employed in the shooting of Mark Duggan in 2011, despite being advised to do so by the complaints watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2014

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World’s leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2013 in data protection, interception, investigatory powers, news, theft, whistleblowers by tracey

‘More than 500 of the world’s leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that spy agencies are undermining democracy and must be curbed by a new international charter.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2013

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Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins case: Ex-Ceop head warns others may slip through net – BBC News

‘Child sex abuse cases like Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins will slip through the net due to a lack of resources, a child protection expert has warned. Jim Gamble, ex-head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (Ceop), wants more money invested in regional child protection teams to catch online abusers.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2013

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Watchdog demands GCHQ report on NSA’s UK data storage – The Guardian

‘The watchdog tasked with scrutinising the work of Britain’s intelligence agencies is to demand an urgent report from GCHQ about revelations that the phone, internet and email records of British citizens have been analysed and stored by America’s National Security Agency.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2013

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Sex in the IPT – Panopticon

Posted November 12th, 2013 in appeals, investigatory powers, news, police, stay of proceedings, tribunals by tracey

“As with all the best headlines, this one is slightly misleading. Readers can scarcely fail to have noticed the coverage surrounding the major ongoing case regarding a former undercover (under-the-covers?) police officer, Mark Kennedy, who (together with others) infiltrated political and environmental activists over a period of years. Claims were commenced in the High Court, with part of the conduct complained of involving ensuing sexual relations between activists/their partners and undercover officers.”

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Panopticon, 8th November 2013

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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AKJ and others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another; AJA and others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and others- WLR Daily

AKJ and others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and another; AJA and others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and others [2013] EWCA Civ 1342;   [2013] WLR (D)  424

“An intimate sexual relationship instigated by an undercover police officer with a member of the public to obtain information was included in the phrase ‘personal or other relationship’ in section 26(8)(a) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, and as such was conduct of the type which could be authorised under section 27 of the Act. Human rights claims arising out of such conduct carried out in ‘challengeable circumstances’ came within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal under section 65 of the 2000 Act. Claims in tort arising out of substantially the same facts could proceed in the High Court.”

WLR Daily, 5th November 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Regina (Elosta) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Law Society and another intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Elosta) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Law Society and another intervening): [2013] EWHC 3397 (Admin);   [2013] WLR (D)  422

“A person detained for examination under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 had the right to consult a solicitor privately ‘in person, in writing or on the telephone’ before being interviewed.”

WLR Daily, 6th November 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Sexual liaisons by undercover police officers could be authorised by RIPA – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 7th, 2013 in appeals, investigatory powers, news, police, stay of proceedings by tracey

“AJA and others v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2013] EWCA Civ 1342. The words ‘personal or other relationship’ in the section 26(8)(a) Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 included intimate sexual relationships so that the Investigatory Powers Tribunal had jurisdiction to hear the appellants’ claims that their human rights had been violated by undercover police officers who had allegedly had sexual relationships with them.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th November 2013

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UK spy chiefs to face MPs over mass surveillance – The Guardian

Posted November 7th, 2013 in intelligence services, investigatory powers, news, select committees by tracey

“The three heads of the British intelligence agencies are to make an unprecedented public televised appearance in front of the intelligence and security committee of MPs where they will seek to justify the scale of their surveillance activities.”

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The Guardian, 7th November 2013

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Investigatory Powers Tribunal – BBC Law in Action

“Law in Action speaks exclusively to Mr Justice Burton, president of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal – a judicial body, independent of the government, which considers complaints brought against the intelligence services, the police, military and local authorities. It specifically investigates whether surveillance has been conducted in a lawful manner.”

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BBC Law in Action, 5th November 2013

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Police spies case: women lose fight for public human rights hearing – The Guardian

“A group of women who are taking legal action against police chiefs over claims they were tricked into forming long-term relationships with undercover spies have lost their fight to have part of their case heard in public.”

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The Guardian, 5th November 2013

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Legislation strengthens independent oversight of undercover police operations – Home Office

Posted November 4th, 2013 in investigatory powers, news, police, professional conduct by sally

“Policing Minister announces the government’s intention to increase the independent supervision of undercover operations.”

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Home Office, 31st October 2012

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Schedule 7: A Necessary Evil? – Garden Court Chambers Blog

Posted November 1st, 2013 in bills, immigration, investigatory powers, news, stop and search, terrorism by sally

“Ali Naseem Bajwa QC and Terry McGuinness examine port stops carried out under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.”

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Garden Court Chambers Blog,

Source: www.gclaw.wordpress.com

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SFO could snoop on communications to uncover evidence of corruption, says director – OUT-LAW.com

“The director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has warned that the agency may use powers of surveillance to uncover evidence of corruption within corporates.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th October 2013

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Another hall of mirrors human rights story from the Telegraph – Daily Telegraph

“Yesterday saw another poor piece of human rights reporting from the Telegraph, again from Home Affairs Correspondent David Barrett. Strasbourg human rights court threatens key counter-terrorism powers. It is a typical piece of hall-of-mirrors reporting; all of the basic elements are there but presented in a distorted and inaccurate way.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th October 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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