Use of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA ACT 2000)

James Harford made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Following reports in the media concerning the use of the Regulation
of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000, I would like to know,
since RIPA was passed:

1) On how many occasions has Wirral Council conducted an
investigation, surveillance operation or made a request for an
individual’s communication records (either internet or
telecommunications) under the RIPA, by year,

2a) The dates that the individual requests were made,
2b) In each instance above: The type of investigation for which the
request for surveillance was made (or a reason why the request or
relating to offence evidence of which was being sought by means of
the surveillance),
2c) In each instance above: The ethnicity and gender of the person
targeted by the request,
2d) An indication if the target of the request resided outside of
the council boundary area.

3) The total number of requests for each type of surveillance that
have been rejected by an officer of the Council, by year.

4) How many individuals within the authority are authorised to
request surveillance/ information via RIPA, and what is their job
description and/ or designated grade?

5) Have any employees in (or third parties working for) the
authority ever been investigated or disciplined for the misuse or
alleged misuse of a member of the public’s personal information
that has been obtained using RIPA powers?

6) What safeguards are currently in place within your authority to
prevent the illegitimate use/ misuse of personal/ communications
information obtained via RIPA? This might involve an explanation of
the processes are in place to ensure that officers, employees or
consultants attached to the organisation, and concerned with such
requests, cannot make illegitimate use of the RIPA legislation.

7) Have any employees or officers unlawfully covertly surveilled
any members of the public without the correct RIPA authority or
without the permission or knowledge of their superiors?

Yours faithfully,

James Harford

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please acknowledge my request and issue a reference number

Yours faithfully,

James Harford

O'Hare, Tracy J., Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Morning
FOI 857409 - James Harford - Use of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA ACT 2000)

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act, which has been received by Wirral Borough Council 20.12.2014.

Your enquiry has been passed to the relevant Council department(s) and we will aim to issue a substantive response within 20 working days following the receipt of your request.

Kind regards
Tracy O'Hare
Information Management
Transformation and Resources
Wirral Council

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InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon

Thank you for your request below, Wirral Council acknowledges your enquiry and can confirm in order to facilitate your queries in full Officers have estimated it would take them over the appropriate limit of 18.5 hours allowed by the legislation as to facilitate your request in full requires a significant amount of work collating information from several service areas, involving manipulation of various records to provide to you any full and accurate information we are able to; and as such, we are unable to provide the information requested. Further information relating to this exemption is given below.

“Where an authority is not obliged to comply with a request for information because, under section 12(1) and regulations made under section 12, the cost of complying would exceed the "appropriate limit" (i.e. cost threshold) the authority should consider providing an indication of what, if any, information could be provided within the cost ceiling. The authority should also consider advising the applicant that by reforming or re-focusing their request, information may be able to be supplied for a lower, or no, fee.”

If you could reduce the scope of your enquiry we would happily review it again for you. We can suggest if you would like to receive any information we can provide in regard to the last three financial years we would be happy to progress this for you.


You have the right under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to ask for an internal review of the refusal of the information requested. Please direct any request for an internal review to [Wirral Borough Council request email] <mailto:[Wirral Borough Council request email]> and your request will be allocated for review.

You do also have the right to complain to the information Commissioner, if you are dissatisfied with the outcome of any internal review, whose office is situated at:
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Kind regards

Tracy O'Hare
Information Management
Transformation and Resources
Wirral Council

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

Thank you for advising of the time limits that may apply, please revise the request to cover only the following year 2014

Yours sincerely,

James Harford

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Good Afternoon

Wirral Council thanks you for your request and in response to your further correspondence please find information attached.

We trust you find this information of assistance, kind regards

Tracy O'Hare
Information Management
Transformation and Resources
Wirral Council

This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research you are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, may involve licensing and the application of a charge.

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