Regulation of investigatory powers under RIPA 2000
Regulation of investigatory powers under RIPA 2000

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

  • Regulation of investigatory powers 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

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) provides the main legal framework governing the use of covert surveillance by public bodies. Previously, this framework had been governed largely, but not exclusively, by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000). While the provisions of RIPA 2000 relating to the interception and acquisition of communications data have been repealed and replaced by IPA 2016, the regimes relating to the use of direct surveillance, covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) and obtaining electronic data protected by encryption remain governed by 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

Interception of communications under Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

The provisions of RIPA 2000 relating to the interception of communications data have been repealed. The information below is provided for background information only.

The right to respect for private and family life is enshrined in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), contained in the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA

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