Acquisition and disclosure of communications data under RIPA 2000 [Archived]
Acquisition and disclosure of communications data under RIPA 2000 [Archived]

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

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

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) provides the main 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which govern the acquisition and disclosure of communications data are contained within IPA 2016, Pts 2 and 3 and repealed the provisions relating to the interception and acquisition of communications data contained in Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000).

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 2016—an introductory guide.

Communications data

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000) set out a framework for the requisition, provision and handling of communications data. This statutory framework places duties on those who deal with communication data. The legislation is read in conjunction with the statutory Code of Practice, 'Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data'. RIPA 2000 provides that the code is admissible in evidence in both criminal and civil proceedings.

If any provision of the code appears relevant to a question before the court or tribunal hearing proceedings, or to the tribunal established under the RIPA

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