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Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, or RIPA as it is commonly known, governs the use of covert surveillance by public bodies.

This includes: 

  • bugs  
  • video surveillance  
  • interceptions of private communications (e.g. phone calls and emails)  
  • undercover agents (covert human intelligence sources). 

This can only take place where this is necessary and proportionate for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime or preventing disorders. 

Our RIPA Policy and Procedures details how we exercise its powers and fulfil it's responsibilities under the legislation.