How smart devices are exploited for domestic abuse – BBC News

‘The number of domestic abuse cases has increased dramatically since the UK’s Covid lockdown – and tech has played a role.’

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BBC News, 18th October 2020

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Met police pay compensation to man fathered by undercover officer – The Guardian

Posted October 8th, 2020 in compensation, news, paternity, police, psychiatric damage, spying by tracey

‘Force pays confidential sum to man who discovered at the age of 26 that his father, Bob Lambert, was a police officer rather than a leftwing activist.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2020

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Reforms to UK’s antiquated spying laws published by Law Commission – Law Commission

‘Reform is needed to bring the law into the 21st century and protect the United Kingdom from espionage (spying) and unauthorised disclosures (leaks), according to a report from the Law Commission that has been laid in Parliament today [01 September 2020].’

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Law Commission, 1st September 2020

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Russia report: What would tougher spy laws mean for UK? – BBC News

Posted July 23rd, 2020 in intelligence services, news, reports, Russia, spying by sally

‘After the UK government is accused of underestimating the threat of Russian interference, ministers are considering strengthening security laws to require all foreign agents to register in the UK in future. What might that involve and what are the challenges?’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2020

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Covert recordings: does the end justify the means? – 12 King’s Bench Walk

‘Covert recording is featuring increasingly in both employment and personal injury law – and the ramifications of recent decisions are yet to be fully played out. Two recent cases consider the issue from both sides in the workplace; Phoenix, featured covert recording by an employee and López considered covert surveillance by employers.’

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12 King's Bench Walk, 25th March 2020

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Met upholds complaint of woman ‘deceived’ by undercover officer – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2020 in complaints, misfeasance in public office, news, police, spying by sally

‘An internal police investigation has uncovered credible evidence that an undercover officer deceived a 19-year-old woman into a long-term sexual relationship.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2020

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What are the rules on workplace surveillance? – BBC News

Posted February 21st, 2020 in computer programs, data protection, employment, human rights, news, privacy, spying by sally

‘Barclays has faced a backlash after it piloted a system that tracked the time employees spent at their desks. The company has since scrapped the system – but how common is workplace surveillance and what lengths are employers allowed to go to monitor their staff?‘

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BBC News, 20th February 2020

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Legal loophole exposed after activist not prosecuted for ‘planting’ tracker on hunt vehicle – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 20th, 2020 in electronic monitoring, hunting, news, privacy, spying by sally

‘Countryside groups have called for tougher rules on the use of tracking devices after a huntswoman allegedly caught an anti-hunt activist planting one under her horse trailer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th January 2020

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Man, 81, seeks to quash conviction for apartheid protest – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2020 in appeals, demonstrations, disclosure, evidence, human rights, inquiries, news, police, spying by sally

‘An 81-year-old retired academic is seeking to overturn a criminal conviction he received after taking part in an anti-apartheid protest that had been infiltrated by an undercover police officer.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2020

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Police use of child spies in criminal gangs is lawful, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2019 in children, drug trafficking, gangs, news, police, spying by sally

‘Police recruitment and use of child spies to penetrate “county lines” drug gangs and other criminal or terrorist organisations is lawful, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2019

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High Court gives green light to judicial review challenge over guidance on use of children as spies – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has granted charity Just for Kids Law permission to proceed with its judicial review challenge over the use of children as spies by the police and other investigative agencies.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th March 2019

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Women who fell for police spies say they were victims of ‘co-ordinated rape’ – BBC News

Posted March 4th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, news, police, spying by sally

‘A woman who found out her partner was a policeman paid to spy on her group of activists has said she is the victim of a “conspiracy to rape”.’

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BBC News, 4th March 2019

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Police spy misleads inquiry about sexual relations with women – The Guardian

Posted January 7th, 2019 in inquiries, news, police, spying by sally

‘A police spy appears to have misled a public inquiry about sexual relationships he had with two women while he was undercover.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2019

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Security firm pays damages to anti-asbestos activists it spied on – The Guardian

‘A private security firm has been forced to pay damages to five anti-asbestos campaigners after they discovered it had spied on them. The firm, K2 Intelligence, paid an infiltrator for four years to masquerade as a sympathetic documentary-maker to obtain confidential information about leading activists in the worldwide campaign to ban asbestos.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 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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Charity brings legal action against Home Office over use of children as spies – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 1st, 2018 in children, judicial review, news, police, spying by sally

‘A charity has issued judicial review proceedings against the Home Office concerning the use of children as spies by the police and other investigative agencies.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th September 2018

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Child spies: judicial review sought to challenge May’s government – The Guardian

Posted September 27th, 2018 in children, human rights, news, spying, treaties by tracey

‘Human rights lawyers have been crowdfunding for a judicial review to challenge the government’s use of child spies, arguing that the tactic was incompatible with the UN convention on the rights of the child. Just for Kids Law, a charity that represents, advises and supports children in legal difficulty, has issued a pre-action letter to the Home Office raising concerns over the practice, which has been condemned by politicians and human rights groups.’

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The Guardian, 27th September 2018

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Police ‘aware’ undercover officer was in relationship – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2018 in news, police, spying by tracey

‘Police have admitted for the first time that an undercover officer had a sexual relationship with an environmental activist with the knowledge of bosses.’

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BBC News, 21st September 2018

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UK human rights panel to investigate police use of child spies – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2018 in children, intelligence services, news, police, select committees, spying by sally

‘Parliament’s joint committee on human rights has been asked to investigate the use of child spies by the police and security services, after peers discovered powers covering the practice hidden in obscure secondary legislation.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2018

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Legal challenge to the Undercover Police Inquiry — will it succeed? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 11th, 2018 in diversity, inquiries, news, police, spying by tracey

‘It was reported on Thursday, 5 July 2018, that three core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry are intending to launch a legal challenge against the Home Secretary’s decision not to appoint a panel to sit with the Chair, Sir John Mitting. They say a diverse panel is needed who will better understand the issues of racism, sexism and class discrimination that the inquiry will inevitably raise. So where has this challenge come from, and is it likely to succeed?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th July 2018

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