Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000)

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (known as RIPA) is an act of parliament regulating the powers of public bodies to carry out surveillance as part of investigations into allegations or concerns brought to its attention.

The Council has published a short guide which provides a brief overview to RIPA highlighting the key stages of the legislation and this is shown below. A flow chart of the authorisation process is also shown.

pdf icon Simple Guide to RIPA November 2015 [133KB]

pdf icon RIPA Flow Chart 2015 [25KB]

The Council also has in place a more detailed policy which provides guidance and a framework for the Council's activities under the Act.

pdf icon RIPA Policy March 2015 [177KB]

Detailed codes of practice are available from the Home Office at the following link: www.homeoffice.gov.uk.

The Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) is a non departmental public body which was established to oversee the authorisation and use of covert tactics by statutorily empowered public authorities.  The pdf icon 2014 OSC Procedure and Guidance [1MB] explains the role of the OSC and how the Commissioners carry out their functions. The Guidance is reviewed and amended regularly and you can view these amendments below.

pdf icon Amendments to OSC PG - November 2015 [8KB]

pdf icon Amendments to OSC PG - August 2015 [69KB]


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