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ONLINE - GDPR, RIPA and Social Media Investigations
Cost £49 + vat Duration 1 Day
CPD Credit(s) 4.5 points Timings 10.00 - 11.00
Date(s) City Speaker
05 Oct 2017 Online Ibrahim Hasan BOOK
Course Description

Increasingly public authorities are turning to the online world, especially social media, when conducting investigations. There is some confusion as to whether the viewing of suspects’ Facebook accounts and other social networks requires an authorisation under Part 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA). The Chief Surveillance Commissioner has previously stated in an annual report :

“Perhaps more than ever, public authorities now make use of the wide availability of details about individuals, groups or locations that are provided on social networking sites and a myriad of other means of open communication between people using the Internet and their mobile communication devices. I repeat my view that just because this material is out in the open, does not render it fair game. The Surveillance Commissioners have provided guidance that certain activities will require authorisation under RIPA or RIP(S)A and this includes repetitive viewing of what are deemed to be “open source” sites for the purpose of intelligence gathering and data collation.”

This webinar will look at the legal implications of making use of Facebook, Twitter and other social networks to investigate suspected criminals, wrongdoers and employees. In addition to RIPA and Human Rights, we will examine the relevant provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25th May 2018 replacing the Data Protection Act 1998. 

The speaker is Ibrahim Hasan, a solicitor and surveillance law expert. 

This webinar is suitable for all those who conduct (or advise on) online investigations including benefits investigators, trading standards officers, personnel officers, auditors and lawyers.


This webinar is accredited for 1 hour CPD and includes an online test at the end. 

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