RIPA surveillance

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you explain how a Detective Superintendent authorising the sign off of surveillance requests could be unaware that journalists had legal rights and duties to protect their sources? Have you reviewed the RIPA authorisation process to ensure that officers are now aware of all issues regarding surveillance of legal professionals, journalists, politicians and those involved in campaigns for justice relating to the police?


Answer for RIPA surveillance

Answer for RIPA surveillance

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Following the IOCCO inspection into the acquisition of journalists' communications data, Parliament enacted amendments to the Part 1 Chapter 2 RIPA Code of Practice - acquisition of communications. This now mandates that all communications data applications seeking to determine a journalistic source must be obtained through a PACE order and not through the RIPA 2000, and that where the subject of any communications data application is known, those who occupy privileged occupations are recorded as such and notified to IOCCO at each inspection. The new Code of Practice was enacted on 25 March 2015. This closed an anomaly whereby an authorising officer for communications data applications may have had no knowledge of the occupation of a known subject.