Covert Surveillance and Property Interference – new Code of Practice….

After consultation and an earlier draft the Home OfficeHome-Office-logo
published the final version of the new Code of Practice
on Covert Surveillance and Property Interference on
10th December.

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.

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