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Covert Surveillance Policy

Meeting: 18/10/2022 - Cabinet (Item 14)

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The report set out the proposed revised Covert Surveillance Policy. This followed some recommended changes to the Policy that had been made by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO).


The report explained that not updating the Policy carried a risk that evidence obtained using covert surveillance could be inadmissible in court and that the Council could be the subject of complaints made to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal and enforcement action by the IPCO.








The Cabinet approved the updated Covert Surveillance Policy, attached 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.