Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Who authorises BBC covert surveillance?

Here is the source document it is a big PDF file
Office of Surveillance Commissioners - Inspection Report


"BBC is undertaking a very specific form of covert surveillance."

Here's the authorisation process as I understand it from reading that report:

Because of human rights concerns, the BBC's use of surveillance is subject to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

Before surveillance is permitted to be executed on an address these steps must be followed:
1. First an applicant must make a written application requesting authorisation for survellance of that specific address, stating the reasons why that address is targeted. 
2. The application is then evaluated by a gatekeeper.
3. The application is then evaluated by one of the two authorising officers.
4. Only then can the surveillance (for example detector van or handheld device) be executed by detection operatives.

Who is the applicant? One of the tv licence enforcement officers (or whatever they are called) i.e. a Capita employee.

Who is the gatekeeper? One specific high-up Capita employee whose name is redacted from the report.

Who are the two authorising officers? Two specific high-up Capita employees named in the report who are granted this power under RIPA regulations.

Who executes the surveillance? Capita employees.

I have recently received several written threats of surveillance, but now I can rest easy, knowing that the written application, to spy on my family, will never get through that strict and independent authorisation process.

Where's the sarcasm smiley when I need it?


1 comment:

  1. Hi i could not find an email to contact you so i hope you don't mind but i am trying to share what happened with me and the TVL goons yesterday 19th Dec 2013 when they served a search warrant on me even though I have not watched live TV for almost a year.

    16 20PM 11 09 2013 TVL GOON VIST
    http://youtu.be/RvsWnl2RnuA

    17 12PM 13 03 13 TVL GOON VIST BBC CAPITA
    http://youtu.be/f6eFprAAXSE

    ILLEGAL ENTRY BY POLICE AND BBC TVL TV LICENSE CAPITA GOONS 1/2
    http://youtu.be/PfCWleKRbXY

    ILLEGAL ENTRY BY POLICE AND BBC TVL TV LICENSE CAPITA GOONS 2/2
    http://youtu.be/MxkicyM0qu4

    Regards
    Mick

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