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Good old-fashioned, world-leading intelligent British bollocks

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I give you two blogs. The first is Slog (a contraction of ‘the bollocks log’) from the pen of John Ward. The second is Informationlaw, from the pen of Ibrahim Hasan, a lawyer specialising in information law including data protection, freedom of information and surveillance law.

From the first I give you the quote of the year:

You see, while the EU is deluded, disorganised, retarded and obese, it will never match the UK for stark-staring intelligent madness. As and when the EU finally implodes, this means we can go back to being global brand leader in bollocks.
Intelligent British bollocks will soon be a world leader once again

And from the second a discussion on how the government intends to remove some of the madness from the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). For those out of the loop, RIPA, basically an anti-terrorist law, has been used by local councils to monitor dog fouling, watch constituents who leave their waste bins out too early or too late, and follow children home from school to discover where they live. The government is ‘amending’ this with its new Protection of Freedoms Bill currently going through Parliament. But…

The Government has forgotten to do any thing about section 80 of RIPA which says that RIPA is permissive legislation. This point was explained more fully by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in the case of C v The Police (Case No: IPT/03/32/H 14th November 2006 http://www.ipt-uk.com/default.asp?sectionID=17):

“Although RIPA provides a framework for obtaining internal authorisations of directed surveillance (and other forms of surveillance), there is no general prohibition in RIPA against conducting directed surveillance without RIPA authorisation…”
Changes to RIPA – Will they have the desired effect?

QED, Slog; but I suggest that we’re not even waiting for the implosion.

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