Undercover policing inquiry: Chairman urged to quit – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in anonymity, demonstrations, disclosure, inquiries, investigatory powers, news, police by sally

‘Campaigners have walked out of a public inquiry into undercover policing, demanding that the chairman stand down or appoint a full panel.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2018

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‘Four large black men’ at inquest followed by police, hearing told – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2018 in death in custody, inquests, investigatory powers, news, police, racism by sally

‘Police launched an unauthorised surveillance operation at short notice after they became concerned about the presence of “four large black men” at an inquest into a death in custody, a misconduct panel has heard.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2018

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High Court: legal privilege can apply to internal investigations on the right set of facts – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 5th, 2018 in corruption, investigatory powers, news, privilege, taxation by sally

‘The High Court has confirmed that legal privilege can apply to investigations on the right set of facts, restoring some certainty to a position that has been up for debate since May 2017.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th February 2018

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Code of practice issued under section 377A of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 – Official Publications

‘This amended code provides guidance on the use of investigation powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002 by prosecutors (in England and Wales and Northern Ireland) and has been updated following amendment of POCA by the Criminal Finances Act 2017.’

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Official Publications, 31st January 2018

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UK mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2018 in data protection, investigatory powers, news, privacy, terrorism by sally

‘Appeal court judges have ruled the government’s mass digital surveillance regime unlawful in a case brought by the Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2018

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Sadiq Khan to ‘significantly increase’ stop and search in London – The Independent

Posted January 11th, 2018 in crime prevention, investigatory powers, London, news, police, stop and search by tracey

‘There will be a “significant increase” in targeted stop and searches by police in London as part of efforts to combat rising violent crime, Sadiq Khan has said.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2018

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Undercover policeman’s son sues force after discovering his father was an officer ‘left him with depression’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 5th, 2017 in compensation, families, investigatory powers, mental health, news, police by tracey

‘A man who says he suffered a depressive illness as a result of discovering his father was an undercover police officer rather than a political activist has won the latest round of a High Court compensation battle with the Metropolitan Police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2017

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UK admits that Investigatory Powers Act needs updated to comply with EU law – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Investigatory Powers Act needs to be updated if it is to comply with EU law, the UK government has admitted.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st December 2017

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Thomas Fairclough: Privacy International: Constitutional Substance over Semantics in Reading Ouster Clauses – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘I have previously written on this blog and elsewhere about statutory interpretation and the rule of law. In the previous blog post I stated that the idea “that the courts will not allow the executive to escape their jurisdiction is well established as part of the rule of law” and referenced, inter alia, Anisminic Ltd v Foreign Compensation Commission [1969] 2 AC 147 (HL) to support this view.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 4th December 2017

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UK police to lose phone and web data search authorisation powers – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2017 in internet, investigatory powers, news, police, telecommunications by tracey

‘Senior police officers are to lose the power to self-authorise access to personal phone and web browsing records under a series of late changes to the snooper’s charter law proposed by ministers in an attempt to comply with a European court ruling on Britain’s mass surveillance powers. A Home Office consultation paper published on Thursday also makes clear that the 250,000 requests each year for access to personal communications data by the police and other public bodies will in future be restricted to investigations into crimes that carry a prison sentence of at least six months.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2017

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Can you draw a line between this case and Anisminic? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 28th, 2017 in appeals, investigatory powers, news, privacy, tribunals by sally

‘As all lawyers know, the great case about courts confronting a no-go area for them is the late 1960’s case of Anisminic.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, November 2017

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Computer Imaging and Inspection for Misuse of Confidential Information: Cox V Spencer [2017] EWHC 2552 (QB) – Blackstone Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in computer programs, contracting out, costs, investigatory powers, news by sally

‘The High Court granted a computer imaging order permitting an independent IT expert to investigate the Defendant’s computer and external hard drive to see if they contained the Claimant’s confidential information.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 13th November 2017

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Privacy International v Investigatory Powers Tribunal – Blackstone Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in appeals, investigatory powers, news, privacy, tribunals by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has held that decisions of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal are immune from judicial review, as a result of the effect of a statutory ‘ouster’ clause in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 23rd November 2017

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Consultation launched into new right of appeal at Investigatory Powers Tribunal – Home Office

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in appeals, consultations, investigatory powers, news, tribunals by sally

‘A public consultation on draft rules governing proceedings at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has been launched today [29 September] by Security Minister Ben Wallace.’

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Home Office, 29th September 2017

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UK surveillance and spying watchdog begins work – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2017 in intelligence services, investigatory powers, news, warrants by sally

‘An expanded watchdog charged with regulating the intelligence services and surveillance by state agencies has officially begun work.’

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The Guardian, 1st September 2017

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Prevent Duty Guidance withstands “clamorous” criticism – Marina Wheeler QC – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In the wake of the London and Manchester attacks, the government’s counter-terrorism strategy is increasingly in the news and under scrutiny. Radicalisation is a difficult concept to map on to a system like ours, which separates the definition of criminal behaviour and punishment from civil sanctions. In this week’s podcast, Marina Wheeler discusses some of the ways the law is trying to cope (Law Pod UK Episode 8, available on Monday 7 August). She and others from 1 Crown Office Row will be discussing this and related issues at a seminar on Monday 11 September. You will find full details at the end of this post.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th August 2017

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Launch of consultation on Criminal Finances Act Codes of Practice – Home Office

‘A 4-week consultation has been launched on the Codes of Practice that will help law enforcement officers confiscate valuable items and other assets acquired using the proceeds of crime as well as tackle the financing of terrorism.’

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Home Office, 31st July 2017

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Data protection: GDPR and employee surveilance – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 31st, 2017 in data protection, EC law, employment, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

‘At present all employers have to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) when conducting employee surveillance, as they will be gathering and using personal data about living, identifiable individuals (location, movements, internet browsing history and so on). Part 3 of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Data Protection Employment Practices Code is an important document to follow to avoid DPA breaches. It covers all types of employee surveillance.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 31st July 2017

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Stop and search is not used fairly, most young BAME people believe – The Guardian

‘Three-quarters of young black and minority ethnic (BAME) people believe they and their communities are being targeted unfairly by stop and search despite a steep decline in the use of the controversial tactic, according to new research.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2017

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Government inspectors should enforce workers’ rights, says Law Society – The Guardian

‘Government-backed inspectors should be able to investigate companies and entire industries to prevent unscrupulous companies falsely labelling workers as self-employed, according to a leading legal body.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2017

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