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Social Implications of Covert Policing

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Simon Bronitt, Clive Harfield, Katina Michael
Date Published
193 pages
This report contains papers presented at the Fourth Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security, Canberra, Australia, April 2009. The workshop included a wide range of topics that addressed the application and social implications of the use of covert surveillance techniques in policing. Participants for the workshop were drawn from a range of professions and disciplines including policing and intelligence studies; criminology and criminal justice; Information and Communication Technologies (ICT); law, ethics, human rights and public policy.
The 17 papers included in this document are divided into 3 sections. Part 1: Regulating Cover Policing Methods has three papers that address Regulating Covert Policing Methods: from Reactive to Proactive Models of Admissibility; Law Enforcement Agency Use of Covert Powers - Oversight by the Commonwealth Ombudsman; and Shifting the Paradigm: Rethinking the Public/Private Continuum in Covert Private Policing. Part 2: Sociotechnical Systems and National Security has seven papers that address National Security, Privacy, Ethics, and the Evaluation of Sociotechnical Systems; Identity & Biometrics in Cooperative Policing; The Covert Implementation of Mass Vehicle Surveillance in Australia; Covert Policing using Unobtrusive Global Positioning Systems Trackers: A Demonstration; For What it's Worth: Cost Benefit Analysis of the use of Interception and Access in Australia; Avoiding a Privacy-Security Telecommunications Deadlock Under Emergency Declarations; and Demonstrating the Potential for Covert Policing in the Community: Five Stakeholder Scenarios. PART 3: Aspects of Human Rights and Policing has six papers that address E-policing and the social contract; The Practical Effects of the Human Rights Act 1998 on Policing in England and Wales; The European Court of Human Rights Ruling against the Policy of Keeping Fingerprints and DNA Samples of Criminal Suspects in Britain, Wales and Northern Island: The Case of S. and Marper v United Kingdom; An Interview with Mr. Peter Mahy2 who represented S and Marper at the European Court of Human Rights; Intelligence, ethics and the creation of certainty from uncertainty; and Counter Terrorism and Access to Justice: Public Policy Divided?