Consultation outcome

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000: draft codes of practice

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Consultation response

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Covert surveillance and property interference

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Covert human intelligence sources

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Investigation of protected electronic information

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Detail of outcome

We have published our response to the consultation, along with the revised draft codes of practice above.

Original consultation

Summary

Consultation of revised codes of practice under Parts 2 and 3 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

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Consultation description

These codes set out the processes and safeguards governing the use of investigatory powers by public authorities, including the police and security and intelligence agencies. They give detail on how the relevant powers should be used, including examples of best practice. They are intended to provide additional clarity and to ensure the highest standards of professionalism and compliance with this important legislation.

These codes are primarily intended to guide those public authorities which are able to exercise powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

Once issued, the codes of practice have statutory force and individuals exercising functions to which the codes relate must have regard to them. They are admissible in evidence in criminal and civil proceedings and may be taken into account by any court, tribunal or supervisory authority when determining a question arising in connection with those functions. Each code includes an introductory chapter to explain its individual scope and the powers it relates to.

Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, the Secretary of State is required to issue codes of practice about the exercise of functions under the Act. Prior to issuing any codes, the Secretary of State must prepare and publish draft codes. This consultation fulfils that requirement.

Following the consultation, the Secretary of State must consider any representations made about the drafts and Parliament must approve the final codes before they can come into effect.

Documents

Consultation document: Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 revised codes of practice

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Investigation of protected electronic information: draft code of practice

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Investigation of protected electronic information: draft code of practice (changes highlighted)

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Covert surveillance and property interference: draft code of practice

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Covert surveillance and property interference: draft code of practice (changes highlighted)

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Covert human intelligence sources: draft code of practice

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Covert human intelligence sources: draft code of practice (changes highlighted)

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Published 16 November 2017
Last updated 14 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Web accessible versions of codes published.
  2. New codes of practice published.
  3. First published.