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Changes to RIPA Removal of Surveillance Powers

October 31, 2012

The changes to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 come into force on 1st November. These effectively remove the option for Local Authority use of directed surveillance for anti-social behaviour activities including most fly-tipping and dog fouling. There is a new test that only permits directed surveillance for criminal activity that could result in six months’ imprisonment, underage alcohol or tobacco sales. In addition, the Local Authority must obtain approval from a JP for RIPA surveillance authorisations. 

The RIAMS procedures on RIPA have been amended to reflect these changes. The new Home Office guidance on these amended powers can be found in the Enforcement module in the Surveillance and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) sub-category.