Regulation of investigatory powers and interception of communications under RIPA 2000
Regulation of investigatory powers and interception of communications under RIPA 2000

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

  • Regulation of investigatory powers and interception of communications under RIPA 2000
  • Interception of communications under Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • Communications data under RIPA 2000
  • Covert human intelligence sources
  • Electronic data protected by encryption

Note: The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) received Royal Assent on 29 November 2016 and when brought into force in its entirely, the IPA 2016 will overhaul the existing legal framework governing the use of covert surveillance by public bodies, a framework which at present is largely, but not exclusively, set out by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000).

To date, on certain provisions in IPA 2016 have been brought into force and for only specific purposes (and which repeal and replace the provisions in RIPA 2000). For information on the regime for the interception and acquisition of communications under IPA 2016, see Practice Notes:

  1. The Investigatory Powers Act 2016—an introductory guide

  2. Acquisition and disclosure of communications data under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016

  3. Interception of communications under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016

  4. Equipment interference under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016

  5. Communications data retention

  6. Scrutiny of intelligence gathering and the role of commissioners under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016

This Practice Note provides an overview of RIPA 2000 regime as it was prior to the implementation of IPA 2016 and is for background information only.

Interception of communications under Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

The right to respect for private and family life is enshrined in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights