Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act
The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act (RIPSA) was introduced to make sure that the surveillance of people was properly regulated.
In some circumstances, it may be necessary for our employees, in the course of their duties, to monitor the activities of indiviuduals covertly, or to instruct third parties to do so on the our behalf. Actions of this sort are potentially intrusive and may give rise to legal challenge as a potential breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 (the right to respect for private and family life).
RIPSA provides a legal framework for local authorities authorising surveillance. Reasons include:
- preventing or detecting crime or disorder
- protecting public health
- public safety
Our staff must follow the RIPSA authorisation process in order to carry out directed surveillance or to use a covert human intelligence source.
You can read more about how these powers are monitored, RIPSA, and the Human Rights Act 1998 on the Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office website.