European Data Protection Digest

Report Highlights Concerns About Internet Monitoring

SURVEILLANCE—UK

July 19, 2012

Chief Surveillance Commissioner Christopher Rose’s annual report suggests law enforcement authorities are abandoning “directed surveillance” because they can gather more information “by trawling through material readily available on the Internet, through social media for example, and not be subjected to any RIPA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000) controls,” The Guardian reports. Rose said he is concerned that examination of online data—such as social media profiles—should be subject to RIPA. “There is a fine line between general observation, systematic observation and research,” he noted, “and it is unwise to rely on a perception of a person's reasonable expectation or their ability to control their personal data."
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