To review the operation of the Council’s surveillance policies and practices under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) 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 2020 and 31 March 2021, 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 the Monitoring Officer planned to roll out an E-Learning package during 2021.
RESOLVED – That the review of the operation of the Council’s policies and procedures as regards RIPA for the year’s 2020-2021 be noted.
Reasons for Decision
The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 Annual Review cuts across all four Council Plan Priorities.
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.