RIPA and Investigation of Neighbour Noise Complaints
CIEH has produced a new ‘occasional paper’ titled ‘The application of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act in the investigation of neighbour noise’. It discusses what could amount to be directed surveillance requiring authorisation under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and the impact of the amendments from the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
Many Local Authorities use digital recording equipment in the investigation of neighbour noise. The paper questions whether this is directed surveillance and to obtain authorisation may be unlikely resulting in problems in undertaking an investigation.
The paper is located on RIAMS in the residential noise section of the environmental protection module.