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Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000: consolidating orders and codes of practice - consultation and response

Passed in 2000, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (called RIPA), created a regulatory framework to govern the way public authorities handle and conduct covert investigations.

This consultation looked at all the public agencies, offices and councils that can use investigation techniques covered by RIPA, and asked the public to consider whether or not it's appropriate for those people to be allowed to use those techniques.

The government was particularly interested in how local authorities use RIPA to tackle local crime and disorder. Among other things, in order to ensure that covert techniques are authorised under RIPA only when they absolutely need to be, the government proposed to raise the rank of those in local authorities who are allowed to authorise use of RIPA techniques, involve local councillors and improve the training and guidance available.

The consultation period ended on 10 July 2009 and we have now published a response, which is available below.

You can also read the written ministerial statement (new window).

Individual responses

The Home Office has decided to make available copies of the individual responses to the RIPA consultation that informed the published summary.  If you would like to receive them in PDF format, we can email them to you, or we can also post you a CD.

Please contact us by emailing the RIPA consultation team or write to us at:

Tony Cooper
Home Office
5th Floor Peel Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF. 

In line with the Data Protection Act, personal information such as names, addresses and phone numbers will be removed from these copies. 

Date: Tue Nov 03 14:13:34 GMT 2009

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