About RIPA

About RIPA – the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) legislates for using methods of surveillance and information gathering to help the prevention of crime, including terrorism.

RIPA makes provision for:

* the interception of communications
* the acquisition and disclosure of data relating to communications
* the carrying out of surveillance
* the use of covert human intelligence sources
* access to electronic data protected by encryption or passwords
* the appointment of Commissioners and the establishment of a tribunal with jurisdiction to oversee these issue

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3 Responses to “About RIPA”

  1. Data Retention and Interception « Data - Where is it? Says:

    […] covers a variety of aspects including encryption and interception of communications. Section 12 of RIPA makes it an obligation of CSP (Communication Service Providers) to maintain an ability to intercept […]

  2. RIPA: Misuse contines…. « Data - Where is it? Says:

    […] Posted on March 26, 2009 by Rob According to the latest numbers reported about RIPA, the problem of counciles over stepping their remit, and possibly the law, is […]

  3. RIPA: Passwords « Data – Where is it? Says:

    […] RIPA has been complained about by many commentators (this site included), mainly because the powers under RIPA have been repeatedly misused. […]


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