The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the law relating to privacy and the effective lawful research of internet and social media material. It will explain what search tools are best used to obtain information from the internet and social media sites. It covers how information is stored, such as cached information on the internet, and how social media sites operate and store their data. This enables better focused search capability instead of potentially wasting time and missing information and thus the potential to reduce collateral intrusion. The course also covers the legal issues and best practice to manage the data, including the different methods of evidencing the material. The course also explains the risks associated with these types of enquiries.
- Article 8 Right to Privacy and how it might be interfered with.
- Your organisation’s policy, what is expected?
- When RIPA applies to research of the internet and social media?
- The views and guidance of the Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC.)
- Completing relevant paperwork.
- How to access and research social media lawfully and effectively.
- Establishing an effective collection strategy to focus the enquiry.
- Justification, how to document it.
- Awareness of useful methodology to research social media effectively.
- The available social media research search engines and facilities.
- The use of social media information as intelligence or evidence.
- Evaluating the validity of the information discovered and seeking corroboration.
- How to evidence your findings.
- Best practice in relation to use of non-attributable devices, designated internet researchers and use of false profiles.
- The capture evidence from social media in accordance with best practice.