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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.

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Dominic Grieve: A Good Start But Misses ICO Unfitness For Purpose

Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Grieve QC MP has announced a list of proposals a future Conservative government would put into place to “reverse the rise of the Surveillance State”.

Sounds good but what are the facts behind the soundbites?  More importantly what are the omissions behind the soundbites?  What isn’t said is as important as what is.  Specifically with reference to the Information Commissioner’s Office, a body which Mr Grieve wants to give more powers to.

Those who have followed the Phorm story will no doubt be aware that the ICO is complicit in allowing Phorm and BT to get away with their secret and illegal tests as any other government department.  Perhaps even more so because it is not unreasonable to expect those charged with the guardianship of Data Protection legislation to have a decent understanding of such legislation.

Mr Grieve has failed to understand the Information Commissioner’s Office complicity.  Perhaps he doesn’t know about it.

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EU Commission’s View On Phorm-related Matters

Just in case anyone had hoped that Phorm, illegal use of DPI and privacy issues had dropped off my radar (*waves at all those pro-Phormers out there*), think again.  You’re still on my radar and will be for a long time to come.

Recently members of NoDPI, Privacy International and the Open Rights Group went to Brussels for a meeting with the EU Commission, including Commissioner Vivian Reding.  Remember that it was Commissioner Reding who announced the legal action against the UK “government” for its failure to act properly in enforcing EU directives against BT and Phorm.

The notes from the meeting are posted at NoDPI but some very relevant facts emerged that deserve to be highlighted.

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