Decision details

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 Annual Review

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes




The Customer and Commercial Services and People Portfolio Holder presented a detailed report on the annual review of the operation of the Council’s surveillance policies and practices under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).


The report indicated that between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, there had been no applications for authorisation for Directed Surveillance or use of Covert Human Intelligence Source, nor had there been any live authorisations or applications for authorisation at the date on which the report had been submitted.  There had also been no non-RIPA authorisation requests.


The review had taken into account the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  In addition, as part of the review, relevant officers had confirmed that the Council’s CCTV Policy had been adhered to throughout the period.


The report further outlined that training had been attended by officers in February 2019 and that the Council’s procedures were available on the Intranet, with the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist also being available to provide advice to officers on compliance with RIPA.


The report outlined the need for an amendment to the Council’s Constitution to clarify the authorised officers, with a proposal that the Director of Strategy, Innovation and Resources be named as the Senior Information Risk Officer rather than the RIPA Monitoring Officer.  It was further being proposed that minor changes to the RIPA Guidance were required to reflect the changes to various job titles as a result of the Council’s Customer Connect Programme.


A vote was taken on the proposals during which all Cabinet Members confirmed that they had, without interruption, heard the full presentation and discussion on the item.







(1)        the review of the operation of the Council’s policies and procedures as regards the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 for the year 2019/20 be noted;


(2)        the following be endorsed:-


(a)        the constitutional amendment to list David Sykes as Senior Information Risk Officer; and


(b)       the updates to job titles resulting from Customer Connect within the Council Guidance on Surveillance under RIPA.


Reasons for Decision


The decision links to the delivery of the Council Plan vision of “working together to make South Lakeland the best place to live, work and explore.”


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected


The review has been undertaken to comply with legislation and the report is presented for information and note.  An alternative option is not presented.

Publication date: 26/06/2020

Date of decision: 24/06/2020

Decided at meeting: 24/06/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 06/07/2020

Current call-in Count: 0

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