The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 came into effect in September 2000.
The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) sought to protect a person's human rights whilst ensuring that enforcement and security agencies could function effectively. RIPA sets out the statutory mechanism for covert surveillance and the use of covert human intelligence sources.
The Council has adopted a policy to govern its use of RIPA. Under that policy and the legislation currently in force, directed surveillance by the Council can only be authorized if it is for the purpose of preventing or detecting a criminal offence and then only in certain circumstances.
The Council also has adopted a separate policy to govern how and in what circumstances the Council may use its power to intercept communications data. Information from service providers that identifies devices used, their location, the nature of the service being used and certain subscriber details can prove invaluable for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime.