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Update to RIPA Policy

Meeting: 28/09/2021 - Cabinet (Item 11)

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This report presented the Cabinet with an update to the Covert Surveillance Policy. The report amended the policy to reflect changes in job titles following restructures within the Regeneration, Culture and Environment (RCE) directorate and to include provisions regarding the use of social media following recommendations made after the last inspection by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office. 


The recommended amendments were set out as tracked changes to the current policy, attached at Appendix 1. The recommended changes would assist in ensuring that investigations could be successfully prosecuted and it mitigated the risk of complaints being made regarding the Council’s use of surveillance to the tribunal.


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The Cabinet approved the updated policy as set out at Appendix 1 to the report.




The updates to the policy address the ever increasing popularity of the use of social media and reflect updates to job titles for authorising officers.