Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) - RIPA explained

When does RIPA apply?

RIPA applies to a wide-range of investigations in which private information might be obtained. Cases in which it can apply include:

  • terrorism
  • crime
  • public safety
  • emergency services

What RIPA does?

RIPA's guidelines and codes apply to actions such as:

  • intercepting communications, such as the content of telephone calls, emails or letters.
  • acquiring communications data – the ‘who, when and where’ of communications, such as a telephone billing or subscriber details.
  • conducting covert surveillance, either in private premises or vehicles (intrusive surveillance) or in public places (directed surveillance).
  • the use of covert human intelligence sources, such as informants or undercover officers.
  • access to electronic data protected by encryption or passwords.



Last Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024