In amongst all the excitement of the new coalition government, it’s important to still remember that much of Labour’s big brother legislation is still active. The awful Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (or RIPA), which sounds like it controls and limits the state’s ability to spy on us, actually empowers vast swathes of jobsworth prodnoses to covertly surveill us.
According to this survey, local authorities launch over eleven covert surveillance operations every day to spy on the untrustworthy British public. Our new coalition overlords have decreed that they will reign these powers in, “unless they are signed off by a magistrate and required for stopping serious crime.”
I would like to point out that we already have an organisation dedicated to stopping serious crime: it’s called “the police”. Since they already have these powers, I can’t see why councils should retain any powers under RIPA.
The current compromise objective is simply not good enough.