Defining Surveillance

In his one of his greatest novels, J M Coetzee wrote, “the masters of information have forgotten about poetry, where words may have a meaning quite different from what the lexicon says, where the metaphoric spark is always one jump ahead of the decoding function,...

Lawful Surveillance

Arguably sections 27 and 80 are the most important provisions in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (there are similar provisions for Scotland and Jersey) but which have not received the consideration they deserve and there is little judicial guidance....

Interception of Prison Telephone Calls

In R v Knaggs [2015] EWCA Crim 1007, a recent interim judgment, giving directions, the Court of Appeal identified the issues that arise out of the use by police and prosecuting authorities of prison intercept. The interception of prison communications may be lawful...

Communications Data and Journalistic Sources

During the investigation in 2012, called Operation Alice, into what became known as “Plebgate”, the Metropolitan Police Service obtained a total of four authorisations for communications data targeting journalists working for The Sun newspaper for the purposes of...