RIPA Accessing of Communications Data

At present, RIPA regulates the Accessing of Communications Data by certain Public Authorities such as the Police, Local Councils and some Central Government Departments. Communications data would include certain phone and internet communication material and can only be accessed for lawful reasons such as investigating criminal offences. The Codes of Practice sets out the procedures to be followed and the authorisation process. For the activity to be authorised, the test of necessity and proportionality must be met. 
RIPA Codes of Practice
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