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Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) Policy

Some of the Council’s activities necessarily require covert surveillance as part of it’s enforcement functions eg benefit fraud investigations, trading standards / environmental health investigations and anti-social behaviour issues.

This is the Council’s policy on carrying out covert surveillance in accordance with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and the Human Rights Act 1998. The policy sets out the procedures which are followed in order to carry out covert surveillance or to access communications data. The policy also contains details of a complaints system for persons adversely affected by such activities.