Social Media, the Police and RIPA – #TheRestIsSilence

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  1. Bob S (retired pleb) says:

    Looks like this one could be going to the information commissioner to me 🙂

  2. iDeb8 says:

    If the Met chief, Mr Hogan-Howe says: “I am determined there will be a ruthless search for the truth – no matter where the truth takes us.”
    (, why does the Met silence others also doing the searching? (

    We clearly need a UK First Amendment:
    “Parliament shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances – whether at work or leisure.” (

  3. Eaf says:


    Fantastic blog and observations.

    I am currently going through ‘exactly’ the same problems….PSD ‘trawling’ then including information that was totally irrelevant in a disciplinary issue. They seem to think they are and can operate above the law.

    In fact I was sacked recently for ‘allegedly’ parking at work using a blue badge to avoid parking charges. The evidence? One DC who made no enquiries of me whatsoever decided that because there was a blue badge and no ticket I was committing a serious criminal offence..!

    The panel decided that this was fair despite the fact that there was no evidence to suggest my Mum wasn’t with me at the time and parking was decriminalised in this area in 2007. So there was no ‘criminal offence’. They acted unlawfully. It was by definition ‘not a policing’ matter – but I got sacked !

    PSD ‘think’ that a private mail to a colleague via Facebook (who’s settings are ‘friends only’) doesn’t require a RIPA or other authority before it ends up in their hands.

    Ignoring ‘Breach of Confidence’ for a second (only because so far they have too!) but for PSD to be given the information and then to actively include it in an investigation I think is at best unlawful.

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