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Home Office announces RIPA review

Posted by malcolm on Friday, April 17th, 2009 at 7:09

The Home Secretary has announced a general review of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA). RIPA provides a variety of separate powers:

  • Part I Chapter I deals with the interception of content (“wire taps”)
  • Part I Chapter II deals with access to communications data, which is retained under the Data Retention Directive.
  • Part II deals with directed surveillance (e.g. CCTV), intrusive surveillance (bugging etc) and “covert human intelligence sources” (police informers).
  • Part III provides powers to demand decryption of encrypted content, or to demand an encryption key is handed over.
  • Part IV creates the Interception Commissioner, the Intelligence Services Commissioner and the Chief Surveillance Commissioner, who are responsible for investigating abuse of these powers.

Update 10:45am: The consultation paper is now available on the Home Office web site.

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