Sound surveillance plan for all Oxford taxis

John Wilson tugwilson at
Sun Nov 20 11:57:33 GMT 2011

On 19 November 2011 20:56, Clive D.W. Feather <clive at> wrote:
> Charles Lindsey said:
>>> "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.
>> 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.
> This isn't interception, since there's no communication within the meaning
> of Part I (which requires a public telecommunication system, a private
> telecommunication system - which must be connected to a public one - or a
> public postal service).

If I'm making a telephone call in the back of the cab isn't that a
Part 1 interception?

John Wilson

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