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Home Office RIPA Consultation – Inept? Incompetent? Can’t Be Arsed?

Like that fart you work your cheeks to get out silently so your grandparents don’t chastise you for breaking wind, the Home Office have snook out a consultation paper on amendments to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

You know, the one BT and Phorm violated multiple times in their secret and illegal tests.

You know, the one the Metropolitan Police were too thick to understand.

You know, the one the Crown Prosecution Service don’t seem to comprehend either.  How many days is it now? 765?

Deadline for consultation responses is 7th December.  It wasn’t put on the public consultations page until today.

Given that a consultation period is usually 12 weeks, there must be a reason why this one is only 4 weeks long.  I asked this of my MP, Bob Neill but haven’t had an answer to that part of my e-mail to him.

The e-mail address one is supposed to send responses to is

ripa-consentandsanctionconsultation@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

But sending to that address is a waste of time right now because it bounces with the message

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Delivery to the following recipients failed.

ripa-consentandsanctionconsultation@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Reporting-MTA: dns;sdcp3cmm310.Poise.HomeOffice.Local
Received-From-MTA: dns;TMSP3CMM301.Poise.HomeOffice.Local
Arrival-Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:12:52 +0000

Original-Recipient: rfc822;ripa-consentandsanctionconsultation@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Final-Recipient: rfc822;ripa-consentandsanctionconsultation@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Action: failed
Status: 5.1.1

Yes, the Home Office can’t even get a simple mailbox working.

There could be any number of reasons for that – conspiracy, cock-up, collaboration, can’t be arsed….

Given the Home Office’s record over Phorm and BT I wouldn’t rule anything out.  We can’t blame the Coalition government for this mess but we can and must blame the civil servants at the Home Office – without their collaboration with BT and Phorm there wouldn’t be the European Commission legal action.  Those civil servants who collaborated with BT and Phorm must be named, shamed and barred from ever holding any kind of public office.

As with the APCOMMS inquiry consultation paper, this document is flawed but much much much more deeply.  Head on over to NoDPI to find out where and why.

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