Friday, August 31, 2012
The Grim RIPA
I am ungemused to read that yet another council has overstepped itself and has been using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), which Nanny told us was for counter terrorism, to investigate a petty civil issue relating to a dating agency.
Nanny's chums from Suffolk County Council decided to use RIPA to send an "undercover lover" to investigate complaints made against Suffolk Singles, a dating agency run by Mary Brame from her home near Woodbridge.
Clients alleged that they had not been introduced to enough prospective partners, and were not told about their right to cancel membership within seven days of joining. The Mail on Sunday reported that the council sent in its trading standards officer to pose as a middle-aged woman looking for love.
Blah blah blah......
Whatever the truth or otherwise of the allegations, can someone please explain to me why/how the council used RIPA for this clearly non terrorist related issue?
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