Defined penalties gives Pensions Regulator powers to protect defined benefit schemes – Doughty Street Chambers

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd MP has announced that the government will introduce two new criminal offences to penalise the mismanagement of pension schemes.

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Doughty Street Chambers, 11th February 2019

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Hand database could be used to catch child abusers, says leading forensics expert – Daily Telegraph

‘Scientists believe developing a hand database could help track down and convict child abusers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2019

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Government announces plans to tackle illegal traveller sites – Home Office

‘The Home Secretary has today (Wednesday 6 February) announced plans to give police tough new powers to crackdown on illegal traveller sites.’

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Home Office, 6th February 2019

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Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules 2018 – UK Police Law Blog

Posted January 15th, 2019 in investigatory powers, news, regulations, tribunals by tracey

‘The new Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules 2018 came into force on 31 December 2018, revoking the 2000 rules: See here. The 2018 rules apply to all section 7 Human Rights Act 1998 proceedings before the Tribunal and all covert investigatory powers complaints under section 65 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, including those which were made before the new rules came into force.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 14th January 2019

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Government to hand police new powers to tackle illegal use of drones – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 10th, 2019 in aircraft, airports, consultations, fines, investigatory powers, news, police by sally

‘The Government has announced plans to hand police new powers to deal with the illegal use of drones.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th January 2019

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Police handed new anti-drone powers after Gatwick disruption – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2019 in aircraft, airports, fines, investigatory powers, news, police by sally

‘Police will be handed extra powers to combat drones after the mass disruption at Gatwick airport in the run-up to Christmas.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2018

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Adam Tucker: Parliamentary Intention, Anisminic, and the Privacy International Case (Part One) – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard argument in R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal. This litigation has already attracted substantial scholarly attention in the published literature (notably in articles by Paul Scott and Tom Hickman in Public Law) and online (including a symposium at the Administrative Law in the Common Law World blog). In this two-part post, I seek to situate the case in its wider constitutional context, and argue that the Supreme Court ought to abandon the narrow approach the courts have adopted so far.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 18th December 2018

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Safeguards governing investigatory powers come into effect – Home Office

‘Government commences final provision in the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 subject to the double-lock safeguard requiring judicial approval.’

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Home Office, 28th November 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Ministers will not scrap ‘reasonable grounds’ stop and search rule – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2018 in investigatory powers, news, police, reasons, stop and search, weapons by sally

‘The government has ruled out changing stop and search rules to allow police to use the power without reasonable grounds to suspect wrongdoing, while saying they want to “reduce bureaucracy” over such operations.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2018

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Knife crime: Should stronger stop and search powers be used? – BBC News

‘A series of stabbings on the streets of London has led to a renewed focus on knife crime and how to reduce it. One power available to the police is stop and search, and Home Secretary Sajid Javid has recently emphasised its importance in tackling violence: “If stop and search means that lives can be saved from the communities most affected, then of course it’s a very good thing,” he told the annual Police Superintendents’ Conference in September. But what powers are available to the police and what is the evidence they reduce crime?’

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BBC News, 8th November 2018

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Essex PC guilty of gross misconduct after searches – BBC News

‘A police officer who used force systems to make “multiple” searches of three people has been found guilty of gross misconduct.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2018

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Police spies infiltrated UK leftwing groups for decades – The Guardian

‘Police deployed 24 undercover officers to infiltrate a small leftwing political party over a 37-year period, the Guardian can reveal. The police spies infiltrated the Socialist Workers party (SWP) almost continuously between 1970 and 2007, often with more than one undercover officer embedded within the party.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2018

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MI5 provides immunity for agents’ criminal acts, tribunal told – The Guardian

‘MI5 grants its informants legal cover to participate in crimes that may extend to murder, torture and sexual assaults, a tribunal has heard.’

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The Guardian, 4th October 2018

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SFO increasingly using power to demand information without court approval – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 27th, 2018 in disclosure, investigatory powers, news, Serious Fraud Office by tracey

‘The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is increasingly using its powers to demand information from large businesses without the need to ask for court approval, new data has shown.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th September 2018

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Covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sources codes of practice – Official Publications

Posted September 27th, 2018 in codes of practice, intelligence services, investigatory powers, news by tracey

‘Guidance on the use of covert surveillance or human intelligence sources by public authorities under part 2 of RIPA 2000.’

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Official publications, 20th September 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications/

Privacy International v Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs & ors – Blackstone Chambers

‘The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has given its third judgment in this case concerning the collection and use of bulk communications data (‘BCD’) and bulk personal datasets (‘BPD’) by the Security and Intelligence Agencies (MI5, MI6 and GCHQ – the ‘SIAs’).’

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Blackstone Chambers, 21st July 2018

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Transparency report on disruptive and investigatory powers published – Home Office

Posted July 24th, 2018 in intelligence services, investigatory powers, press releases, reports by tracey

The government has published the third iteration of its transparency report on the use of disruptive and investigatory powers.’

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Home Office, 23rd July 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

HMRC seeking ‘unprecedented’ information request powers – OUT-LAW.com

‘HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK is seeking “unprecedented” powers to obtain information about taxpayers without independent oversight from the tax tribunal, a tax expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th July 2018

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Undercover policing inquiry: victims launch legal action – The Guardian

Posted July 5th, 2018 in diversity, inquiries, investigatory powers, news, police, victims by tracey

‘Victims of undercover police officers have started legal action against the home secretary over the troubled public inquiry into the conduct of police spies.’

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The Guardian, 5th July 2018

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Undercover police whistleblower joins boycott of inquiry – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2018 in inquiries, investigatory powers, news, police, whistleblowers by sally

‘A former undercover police officer who has become a whistleblower has joined a boycott of a public inquiry into the covert infiltration of political groups, saying it was concealing the state’s misconduct.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2018

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