MOPAC oversight of Metropolitan Police Service requests for telephone records under RIPA

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3192
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In 2013 the Metropolitan Police made 94,778 authorisations or notices for communications data. What oversight does the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime has over the Metropolitan Police's requests for telephone records under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000?

Answer

Answer for MOPAC oversight of Metropolitan Police Service requests for telephone records under RIPA

Answer for MOPAC oversight of Metropolitan Police Service requests for telephone records under RIPA

Answered By: 
The Mayor

RIPA provides strict rules governing who can obtain communications data and the circumstances in which they can access data retained by Communication Service Providers (CSPs). There is an associated Code of Practice to RIPA that has been approved by Parliament. RIPA puts a duty on the Interception of Communications Commissioners Office to monitor the use of RIPA for communications data and provide independent oversight. In this context, it would be in breach of RIPA for MOPAC to exercise oversight on individual requests.

 The Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office provides annual reports to MOPAC detailing requests made under RIPA.