By Michael Cousens
The Regulation of Investigatory Power Act (RIPA 2000) is one of the most significant and far-reaching pieces of legislation in recent years. Over 950 public authorities now have the right to use one or other of the surveillance powers contained within the Act in the interests of public health, public safety, national security, for the prevention and detection of crime, or to protect the economic wellbeing of the UK.
Surveillance Law gathers together all the material relating to RIPA 2000 in one place. It includes detailed commentary, showing how RIPA 2000 is being dealt with in cases coming before the courts, as well as the full text of the Act, the accompanying Codes of Practice and other relevant legislative extracts.
Many of the public authorities who have been provided with powers under RIPA 2000 will never before have to consider, let alone get to grips with, the use of such powers and the consequences that could lie in store for unauthorised snooping.
This important new piece of legislation will have a massive impact on criminal and human rights lawyers, legal professionals working in local or central Government and public sector bodies such as the Police and Customs and Excise and Surveillance Law is designed to provide a thorough understanding of what has become a key aspect of modern pro-active policing.
RIPA 2000: the European Dimension
The data protection regime
The Intelligence Services
The Police Act 1997, Pt III
Part III: Investigation of electronic data protected by encryption
Scrutiny: the Commissioners and the Tribunal
Evidence and admissibility