Sound surveillance plan for all Oxford taxis

Charles Lindsey chl at
Sat Nov 19 19:29:38 GMT 2011

On Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:42:03 -0000, James Firth <james2 at> wrote:

> This doesn't seem right, or lawful:
> g.html
> "Despite being in clear breach of the guidance issued by the Information
> Commissioners Office (ICO) and a gross invasion of privacy, Oxford  
> Council
> has decided to make it a condition for all licensed black cabs in the  
> city
> to record both audio and video.
> The audio will be available to council officers and the police, and will
> cover any time the taxi's engine is running and the 30 minutes after the
> engine has been switched off."

Sounds like a breach of RIPA even if of nothing else. If Plod wanted to  
make such a recording, he would have to get a warrant/whatever. But to  
record a private conversation is interception of communications according  
to RIPA, and prior consent of both parties is required, as we have often  
discussed here.

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