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Home Office seeks views on the scope and clarity of a surveillance draft code of practice and its likely impact. It runs from 7 February until 21 March 2013.
Following engagement and consultation with a wide range of interested parties and the public, the Home Office says a draft code of practice has now been prepared for publication alongside the consultation document.
The draft code is built upon 12 guiding principles, and for the first time introduces a philosophy of surveillance by consent.
According to the Home Office, the government sees an important parallel with the well-established concept of policing by consent, which is based upon a presumption of transparency and accountability. ‘This assures the integrity of police officers and staff as they exercise their powers on behalf of the public.’
The consultation seeks views on the scope and clarity of the draft code and its likely impact, and also seeks to ensure that proper consideration is given to the position of the three non territorial police forces and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
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