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The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 governs the use of covert surveillance undertaken by the Council; the Council’s Policy was in need of an update to reflect legislative changes. 

 

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA/the Act) provides a statutory mechanism for authorising covert surveillance, the use of a Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS) and the acquisition of communications data.  RIPA seeks to ensure that any use of these techniques is necessary and proportionate in respect of the interference with an individual’s right under Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights – the right to respect for the private and family life of citizens, their home and their correspondence.

The Council is restricted in its use of covert techniques by the Act and can only apply for RIPA authorisation if the information sought is needed in order to prevent or detect crime or prevent disorder.

 

In November 2012 the procedure for applying for authorisation under RIPA was amended; it is now necessary to have any application for the use of RIPA to be authorised by a Justice of the Peace at the Magistrates’ Court.

 

The Council’s existing RIPA Policy has been updated to reflect this change.  The opportunity has also been taken to refresh the Policy.

 

 

Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIPA) Policy (copy attached).

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