Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000


The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 [RIPA] and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000 [RIP(S)A] (‘the Acts’) together provide a legal framework for covert surveillance activities by public authorities (including local authorities) and an independent inspection regime to monitor these activities.


The use of surveillance is to provide information as a valuable resource for the protection of the public and the prevention and detection of crime. In order that local authorities and law enforcement agencies are able to discharge their responsibilities, use is made of unaided surveillance and surveillance devices. Where this surveillance is covert i.e. the subject of the surveillance is unaware that it is taking place, then it must be authorised to ensure that it is lawful.  CCTV systems in the main will not be subject to this procedure as they are ‘overt’ forms of surveillance.  However, where CCTV is used as part of a pre-planned operation of surveillance then authorisation should be obtained.


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