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NCJ Number: 120302 Find in a Library
Title: Police Surveillance and Information Gathering: Powers and Remedies (From Civil Actions Against the Police, P 271-294, 1987, Richard Clayton and Hugh Tomlinson -- See NCJ-120296)
Author(s): R Clayton; H Tomlinson
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 24
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The limitations imposed by British law on police surveillance and information gathering activities are discussed, along with remedies for the abuse of these police powers.
Abstract: Privacy rights, as defined by common law in the United States and Britain, are compared. The breach of confidence doctrine is discussed in relation to trade secrets, marital secrets, and artistic confidences. Common law treaty and statutory limitations on police surveillance are outlined, as are the possible abuses to confidential information contained in police computers and files. The provisions of the Data Protection Act 1984 as they relate to personal data and remedies for the breach of protection are also discussed. 107 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Surveillance
Index Term(s): Complaints against police; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Legal privacy protection
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