Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2006

Philip Brennan made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Bournemouth Borough Council

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Due to the stink caused by the next borough, Poole, in using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2006, I am writing to request information on Bournemouth Borough Council's attitudes and activities regarding the use of the said Act.

The Primary Legislation was written primarily for the use of the Police and other Security Services (HM Customs, MI5, MI6, GCHQ, et al), and Parliamentary Assurances were given that only such Government bodies would have access to such powers as laid out under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2006.

This, in practice, has turned out not to be the case, and that unknown to us the powers were given across all National and Local Government bodies.

Due to Poole Borough Council's use of such powers for investigating minor matters like if a child really did fall into the correct catchment area for the school they attended, powers which could land an innocent man in prison without trial for up to five and a half years, my concern that such powers might also be used by Bournemouth Borough Council is very real.

Therefore, I request a full disclosure of Bournemouth Borough Council's activities with regards to the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2006, and that this disclosure to me is also put into the Public Domain.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Philip Brennán

Gadawodd Philip Brennan anodiad ()

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act has, in its body of legislation, the power to put someone in prison without trial for up to five and a half years for simply refusing to hand over the passcodes to any computers, email accounts, website memberships, two key encryption programs, etc owned or used by the person that the request is made to.

The person in question does not even have to be a suspect in a criminal investigation - being in possession of, or even potentially being in possession of, pertinent information needed in a criminal or (in the case of councils) civil investigation can lead someone to fall under the juristriction of the said Act.

If under such a request you refuse to hand over the passcodes needed by the investigators you can be jailed without trial for five years. If you inform ANYONE why you have been arrested under this Act, another six months will be added to your sentance. This includes family members and your own solicitor.

Again, I re-iterate that you don't actually have to be a subject of a criminal investigation to fall under this part of the Act - just being a potential witness, hostile or otherwise, is enough.

Viv Bateman, Bournemouth Borough Council

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Dear Mr Brennan,

Information Request - Freedom of Information Act

Further to your request for information received on 30th January please find attached the material that you asked for. I have provided statistical information for the period 2003-2008.

The Home Office website has other useful information about RIPA, which may be of interest to you. The link to this information is:

I hope that this deals with your request satisfactorily.

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Yours sincerely

Vivien Bateman
Corporate Information Compliance Officer
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Tel 01202 451044
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