My compliments to Jenny Paton who took Poole Borough Council (a Conservative council!) to a tribunal, after it admitted using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to spy on her family 21 times (see an article on thsis ite from 2008).
For why was Poole council spying on Miss Poole?
Did they suspect her of being a terrorist?
Did they suspect her dog of fouling the pavement?
They wanted to check to see if she and her family lived in the right school catchment area.
She does live in the right area by the way!
Anyhoo, Poole lost the case and the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled that it was not a proper purpose and not necessary to use surveillance powers.
The tribunal also found that the surveillance breached the family's right to privacy, under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.
Miss Paton and her family were tailed round the clock, spied on at home and their movements were recorded in detailed surveillance forms. Their car was also described as a "target vehicle".
As ever with councils and jumped up jobsworths, if you give them a smattering of power they misuse use it and abuse it.
Councils, whatever political party they claim to represent, are not to be trusted and are the enemy of the people.
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