The new code provides guidance on the use by public authorities of Part 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 to authorise covert surveillance likely to result in the obtaining of private information about a person. It also gives guidance on entry to, or interference with, property or with wireless communications by public authorities.
The Code concentrates on the main procedural requirements including the following:
- surveillance activity to which the code applies
- basis for lawful surveillance activity
- directed surveillance
- private information
- where authorisation is not required
- CCTV and ANPR cameras
- online covert activity
- specific situations not requiring authorisation
- public and local authorities
- authorisation procedures for directed surveillance
- keeping of records
- retention and destruction of material
The foregoing only very briefly sets out the main headings from the code which can be read in full here.