Lawyer-client privilege can’t stop surveillance, says House of Lords – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 24th, 2009 in interception, investigatory powers, legal profession, news, privilege by sally

“The state is allowed to bug communication between lawyers and their clients, the House of Lords has said. The UK’s highest court ruled that spy law the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) allows lawyers’ conversations to be bugged.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd March 2009

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Privacy law threat to Gordon Brown’s phone tap plan – The Times

Posted February 23rd, 2009 in evidence, interception, news, privacy by sally

“The prime minister’s plans to allow phone tap evidence to be used in court could be scuppered by human rights and privacy laws, an independent review ordered by Gordon Brown has found.”

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The Times, 22nd February 2009

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Judge throws out ‘leak’ case against journalist Sally Murrer and her police source – The Times

Posted November 28th, 2008 in evidence, interception, news, police by sally

“The multi-million pound prosecution of a local newspaper journalist and the police source who ‘leaked’ stories to her collapsed today after evidence gathered against them in a police bugging operation was declared inadmissible.”

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The Times, 28th November 2008

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New Labour terror defeat in Lords – BBC News

Posted November 12th, 2008 in interception, news, terrorism by sally

“The government has suffered another defeat in the House of Lords over its counter-terrorism proposals, this time over the use of intercept evidence.”

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BBC News, 11th November 2008

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Head of Met had his rival bugged – The Times

Posted August 18th, 2008 in interception, news, police, privacy by sally

“Britain’s most senior Asian policeman was illegally bugged and spied on in a clandestine operation sanctioned by Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner, according to leaked Scotland Yard documents.”

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The Times, 17th August 2008

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‘Spying’ requests exceed 500,000 – BBC News

Posted July 23rd, 2008 in interception, investigatory powers, news by sally

“More than 500,000 official ‘spying’ requests for private communications data such as telephone records were made last year, a report says.”

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BBC News, 22nd July 2008

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‘No decision’ on giant database – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2008 in interception, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications, terrorism by sally

“No decision has been taken to create a huge database containing details of all phone calls, e-mails and internet use, security minister Lord West says.”

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BBC News, 17th July 2008

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Liberty and Others v United Kingdom – Times Law Reports

Posted July 11th, 2008 in human rights, interception, law reports by sally

Liberty and Others v United Kingdom

European Court of Human Rights

“Complaints by civil liberty organisations about secret interception by the Ministry of Defence of their external communications were not dealt with adequately under the Interception of Communications Act 1985 which had not been formulated with sufficient clarity to give individuals protection.”

The Times, 11th july 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Rights groups win phone tap case against Britain – Reuters

Posted July 1st, 2008 in interception, news, telecommunications by sally

“Europe’s top rights court ruled against the government on Tuesday for intercepting telephone calls between British and Irish rights groups and their clients, violating their right to privacy.”

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Reuters, 1st July 2008

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Taping killer’s calls broke the rules, Jack Straw admits – The Times

Posted May 16th, 2008 in confidentiality, interception, news, prisons, privilege by sally

“Prison staff bugged conversations between a convicted killer and his solicitor without authorisation, Jack Straw admitted yesterday.”

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The Times, 16th May 2008

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Intelligence services demand veto on use of bugging evidence – The Independent

Posted February 7th, 2008 in evidence, intelligence services, interception, news, veto by sally

“The use of intercept evidence in court for the first time could be stalled by demands from the intelligence services for a right of veto over the use of the transcripts from their secret bugging operations. The CIA is also unhappy that its intercepted phone calls or conversations between suspected terrorists could be produced in British courts.”

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The Independent, 7th February 2008

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Juries should hear wire tap and e-mail evidence, says review – The Times

Posted February 6th, 2008 in evidence, interception, news by sally

“Gordon Brown will announce the findings of an independent review today that will open the door to the use of intercept evidence in court.”

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The Times, 6th February 2008

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Prisoners routinely bugged as jails fall in shadowy area of surveillance – The Times

Posted February 5th, 2008 in interception, news, prisons, telecommunications by sally

“Dozens of prisoners in British jails are routinely under covert electronic surveillance, security sources told The Times last night.”

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The Times, 5th February 2008

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Illegal bug uncovered in second UK prison – The Times

Posted February 5th, 2008 in interception, news, prisons, telecommunications by sally

“Bugging devices planted in a prison telephone were illegally used to record privileged conversations between an inmate and his solicitor, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 5th February 2008

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Phone taps run at a fraction of reported level – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 30th, 2008 in interception, news, telecommunications by sally

“Despite press reports to the contrary, public authorities tapped just 1,435 phones and not 250,000 in a nine month period in 2006. The larger figure includes less heavily regulated requests for information about phone usage.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th January 2008

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Watchdog sides with MI5 to reject phone-tap evidence – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2008 in evidence, interception, news, telecommunications by sally

“The prospect of phone-tap evidence being used in court, an issue at the heart of the dispute over proposed anti-terrorism measures, received a blow yesterday when the prime minister’s eavesdropping watchdog opposed the idea.”

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The Guardian, 29th January 2008

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Phone tap evidence ‘should be allowed in terrorist asset cases’ – The Times

Posted December 12th, 2007 in evidence, interception, news, telecommunications, terrorism by sally

“Evidence from telephone taps and other surveillance should be permitted in legal hearings to freeze terrorists’ assets, Jacqui Smith proposed yesterday.”

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The Times,  12th December 2007

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Vodafone faces court case in “bugging” row – The Observer

Posted November 26th, 2007 in interception, murder, news, telecommunications by sally

“Senior British managers of Vodafone are facing a private lawsuit from the family of a former employee who claim that he was murdered to stop him revealing a major phone-tapping scandal.”

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The Observer, 25th November 2007

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Wire-tap evidence will alert terrorists to secret methods, minister fears – The Times

Posted November 5th, 2007 in evidence, interception, internet, news, terrorism by sally

“The Home Secretary has instructed an independent review to consider whether allowing wire-tap evidence in court would jeopardise secret eavesdropping methods.”

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The Times, 5th November 2007

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UK mulls admitting wiretap evidence in court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 11th, 2007 in evidence, interception, news by sally

“The UK government is looking to make wiretap evidence admissible in court as part of its latest review of anti-terrorism legislation.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th June 2007

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