PLC Public Sector reports:
Recently, there has been much discussion about the use of the surveillance powers contained in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) by local authorities.
The most recent outcry follows the release by the Liberal Democrats of figures claiming that local authorities had used the surveillance powers at least 10,000 times in the last 5 years. They claim that this level of use is far too high and also that those authorising the use are not senior enough.
In this post, PLC Public Sector looks at the scope of these powers and considers what the future may hold for local authority surveillance.