Thursday, August 14, 2008
Nanny's Interception of Communications Commissioner (I never knew there was such a person), Sir Paul Kennedy, has come up with a cracking wheeze. He wants local councils to spy on people more, using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).
A rather odd request I feel, given that spying requests from councils, police and other officials to phone and internet companies increased from 350,000 in 2006 to more than 500,000 last year.
In fact in June the chairman of the Local Government Association, Sir Simon Milton, wrote to every council in England telling them not to use the law for trivial matters.
Sir Paul doesn't give a stuff about that, he says in his annual report:
"Very few local authorities have used their powers to acquire itemised call records in relation to the investigations which they have conducted.
Indeed, our inspections have shown that, generally, the local authorities could make much more use of communications data as a powerful tool to investigate crime."
The fact that this law was meant to be used for tracking terrorists, not petty crime and littering etc seems to have escaped him. Another small point that he seems to have missed is that the responsibility for tracking petty criminals etc surely rests with the police, not the local councils?
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