Acquisition and disclosure of communications data under RIPA 2000
Acquisition and disclosure of communications data under RIPA 2000

The following Corporate Crime guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Acquisition and disclosure of communications data under RIPA 2000
  • Communications data
  • Designated persons
  • Authorisations and notices
  • Failure to comply with a notice to provide communications data

FORTHCOMING CHANGE: The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) overhauls the legal framework governing the use of covert surveillance by public bodies. The provisions which govern the acquisition and disclosure of communications data are contained within IPA 2016, Pts 2 and 3 and are in the process of coming into force. IPA 2016 repeals the provisions relating to the interception and acquisition of communications data contained in Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000) although to date the repeals are only for certain purposes. Note that RIPA 2000, Pt I, ss 21–25 (Chapter II) remains in force for a period of time after the commencement of IPA 2016, Pt 3 to allow relevant public authorities to transition in a staged way from the processes under RIPA 2000 to IPA 2016. According to the explanatory notes of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (Commencement No 11) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/174, it is anticipated that RIPA 2000, Pt I, ss 21–25 (Chapter II) will be repealed by the end of 2019.

For information on the acquisition and use of communications data under IPA 2016, see Practice Notes: Acquisition and disclosure of communications data under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and Interception of communications under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

For information on the scope of IPA 2016 generally, see Practice Note: The Investigatory Powers Act