A council has admitted spying on a family using laws to track criminals and
terrorists to find out if they were really living in a school catchment.
A couple and their three children were put under surveillance without their
knowledge by Poole Borough Council for more than two weeks.
I think that the council is wrong in law to use RIPA for these purposes as
the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has said in a case (C v Police) in
November 2006 that RIPA should only be used for core or regulatory functions.
Please see my website www.informationlaw.org.uk for an article on this case.
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