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The 2012 Surveillance Commissioner Report
The Office of Surveillance Commissioners published its 2012 annual report (covering the period from 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012) on 14th July 2011. The report details statistics relating to the use of Part 2 of RIPA by public authorities and information about how the OSC conducts its oversight role.

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By Steve Morris

The Office of Surveillance Commissioners published its 2012 annual report (covering the period from 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012) on 14th July 2011. The report details statistics relating to the use of Part 2 of RIPA by public authorities and information about how OSC conducts its oversight role. It highlights some important issues such as:

  • Collaborative Working – Departments, teams and various units within several authorities are pooling resources but then not obtaining authorisations and keeping records in relation to a proper designated authority (Sec 5.7)
  • There is a lack of awareness of what constitutes a CHIS and there is a likelihood that public authorities might have unauthorised CHIS activity being undertaken (Sec 5.14)
  • Authorising Officers are not making adequate provision for destruction of product that is collateral intrusion or of no value to the operation (Sec 5.16)
  • Some ‘open source’ internet research

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