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Enquiry Manual

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Working the Enquiry: RIPA: Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000 provides a statutory basis for authorisation and use of certain covert activities by law enforcement agencies and other public authorities.

The Human Rights Act (HRA) 1998 enshrined the European Convention on Human Rights into UK Law. Article 8 of HRA gives people the right to respect for private and family life, their homes and correspondence. It continues “There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law…” Therefore the UK needed legislation which would allow law enforcement agencies and other public bodies to act lawfully and not infringe a person’s Article 8 rights. The result was RIPA 2000.

Part I Chapter II of RIPA governs the acquisition of communications data from Communications Service Providers (CSPs) i.e. telecommunications and postal companies and internet service providers.

Part II of RIPA, governs the use of covert surveillance and covert human intelligence sources (CHIS).

RIPA regulates the use of these techniques and safeguards the public from unnecessary intrusions into their private lives; thereby ensuring that the relevant investigatory powers are used in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Policy for RIPA activities and Human Intelligence (HumInt) is held by Enforcement. (This content has been withheld because of exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000)

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