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

Regulation of investigatory powers under RIPA 2000

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for corporate crime?

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 While the provisions of RIPA 2000 relating to the interception and acquisition of communications data have been repealed and replaced by IPA 2016, the regimes relating to the use of direct surveillance, covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) and obtaining electronic data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 [Archived]

  2. Acquisition and disclosure of communications data under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016

  3. Interception of communications under the

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