RIPA codes

This series brings together all documents relating to the RIPA codes.

Codes of practice and guidance for making an application under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000).

These help public authorities assess and understand whether, and in what circumstances, it is appropriate to use covert techniques.

The codes also provide guidance on what procedures need to be followed in each case. All RIPA codes must be approved and debated in both Houses of Parliament and published.

Current codes of practice

Previous codes of practice and draft versions

Published 8 September 2010
Last updated 7 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated codes so they are in the correct section.

  2. New codes published: covert surveillance, covert human intelligence sources(CHIS) and protected electronic information.

  3. Equipment interference code of practice and revised interception of communications code of practice added.

  4. Revised codes of practice published.

  5. First published.