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.
Mr Philip Brennán
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: http://security.homeoffice.gov.uk/ripa/a...
I hope that this deals with your request satisfactorily.
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