Oversight of RIPA

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3638
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given your role in relation to policing in London, would you support creating an independent body or regulatory framework to review police decisions that use RIPA outside of terrorist investigations?

Answer

Answer for Oversight of RIPA

Answer for Oversight of RIPA

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is right that the police should have the necessary powers to investigate serious crimes, including serious allegations of corruption amongst their own staff.

However, we have the greatest press in the world, and it's important that their freedom is protected.

In order to get this balance right I think there should be a process of judicial approval before the police can access the phone records of journalists.