This consultation has now closed.
The government is running a short, targeted consultation in respect of two specific changes to RIPA to address an incorrect transposition of European Directives.
Those changes concern:
- informed consent when both parties consent to their communications being intercepted
- the creation of a sanction for unintentional unlawful interception
The consultation will run until 7 December (now extended to 17 December).
Although the transposition of the E-Privacy Directive was completed in 2003, the European Commission has identified deficiencies in the way in which the Data Protection Directive and the E-Privacy Directive were transposed.
We are now seeking to make changes to RIPA to address two of these issues, namely:
- the existing offence in RIPA only addresses intentional unlawful interception
- in the provisions where both parties consent to an interception the requirement for consent is not the same as in other data protection legislation.
Our proposals are set out in detail in the accompanying document. Your views and comments are welcome and details of how to reply can be found at the end of the document.
It has been drawn to our attention that the email address contained in this consultation enabling respondents to reply was incorrect.
We would like to apologise for the difficulties that respondents may have encountered in attempting to send correspondence to us by email. Consequently, we have decided to extend the consultation to 17 December, which will give interested parties an additional 10 days to respond.
Email responses should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Responses can also be made by post to: RIPA consent and sanction team, Home Office, 5th Floor Peel Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DE.
- Intended audience:
Reference number: Regulation of investigatory powers act 2000: proposed amendments effecting lawful interception
Issued: 09 Nov 2010
Opening date: 09 Nov 2010
Closing date: 07 Dec 2010
How to respond
Please send your response to…
5th Floor Peel Building 2 Marsham Street