RIPA – a victory for privacy (and, ahem, BBW)

Over at Public Service, I've written an article about the fact that (rejoice) local authorities have finally been denied surveillance powers for many purposes and have to get warrants to authorise use for the rest. Just as we called for in our report, our manifesto and our book. Very pleased. Let's call this a win.

It's happened because (a) these powers should never have been used for trivial offences in the first place, and (b) the authorities displayed a total inability to use the powers responsibly. So, they lose the capacity to use these powers at all in most areas, and are severely restricted in the rest.

I therefore thought that you might be interested to see the way that the Local Government Association has spun it:

Lobbying success ensures councils can continue using RIPA to fight serious crime

Victory for the LGA! Hee hee

By Alex Deane

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Privacy | 11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. ConsultantsUnlt
    27th January 2011

    Also, choco rations will increased!

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  2. nr
    27th January 2011

    When did councils decide their job was to ‘fight serious crime’? When I was a nipper i am sure their job was to keep the streets clean, keep the street lights on and run the schools. They will be giving themselves black combat outfits next.

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  3. Niki
    27th January 2011

    http://operationorethegambleconnection.blogspot.com/2011/01/wholl-stand-up-for-liberty-in-britain.html
    Great work Alex but this Goverment already have broken their promises the reason we voted for them in the first place. What fools we all were to believe Cameron and Clegg.

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  4. Niki
    27th January 2011

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1351121/Grandmother-Lesley-Apps-fined-50-PICKING-UP-piece-rubbish.html
    I cannot believe what I am reading..what is wrong with this country ????? Today I have just read a girl threw a four month old kitten from an 11th story apartment and she walks…photographed laughing as she leaves the court talking into her mobile phone…

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  5. We will see.
    28th January 2011

    “Magistrates’ authorisation” – magistrates rubber stamp anything that is put in front of them be it a summons for non-payment of a parking fine or a warrant to search somebody’s home for not having a tv license, etc. Magistrates and their courts are for hire by councils. You shouldn’t celebrate too soon.

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  6. Niki
    28th January 2011

    http://wikileaksleaks.blogspot.com/2011/01/wikileaks-madeleine-mccann-used-to-push.html
    For anyone in doubt as to why the McCanns were so ‘protected’ need only to read WIKILEAKS and the use of three year old Madeleine to push the AMERICAN Amber Alert systen into the EU. Many may recall the McCanns at the same time were pushing to become ambassadors for Amber Alert in the EU. Americs Amber Alert involves a free package for your child..The package contains…a tracking device, fingerprints and DNA also required…can you see where this was heading and maybe still is…Jim Gamble has now joined forces with PACT . Keep your eye on this Alex…for all our sakes.

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  7. Niki
    28th January 2011

    http://www.mychildsafety.net/gps-child-tracking-device.html
    It started with fingerprints and DNA…now we are tracking..what happens when ‘tracking’ is seen not to work ?…
    Keep your child safe ‘ Amber Alert ‘ GPS tracking device…

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  8. N
    28th January 2011

    Magistrates rubber stamping?? Don’t you believe it. I can say that confidently.

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  9. Chris
    28th January 2011

    Great but what are the sanctions to be should they ignore the new lmitations

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  10. Richard Craven
    30th January 2011

    Excellent news. Well done indeed.

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