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Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIPA)
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)
This Act regulates the way in which public authorities use their investigatory powers. Its purpose is to ensure that those powers are used in accordance with human rights and the provisions of the Human Rights Act.
The Act is concerned with covert surveillance.
Where an officer is proposing to undertake covert surveillance proper authorisation under RIPA must be obtained before the investigation begins. Failure to do so may render the evidence obtained inadmissible.
Where overt surveillance is undertaken no additional obligations flow from the Act.
Further information is available on the Office of Surveillance Commissioners' (OSC) website.
Who to Contact
For advice on the use of regulatory powers please contact either Sue McMillan, Senior Responsible Officer, or Sarah Smith, Senior Solicitor.
Policies and Guidance
Below is the Council's corporate policy on RIPA, guidance from the OSC and Codes of Practice issued by the Home Office.
RIPA Corporate Policy and Procedure
RIPA Corporate Policy and Procedure (220.72 Kb)
Covert Human Intelligence Sources Code of Practice 2010
Covert Surveillance and Property Interference Code of Practice 2010
OSC RIPA Inspection 2011 Report
OSC RIPA Inspection 2011 Report (359.56 Kb)