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Regulation of Investigatory Powers Scotland Act

Find out about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Scotland Act 2000 (RIPSA).

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Scotland Act 2000 (RIPSA) was introduced to maintain surveillance of a person or persons, and to control information received from third parties when the subject of the activity isn't aware of the surveillance or information gathering.

Why do the council gather information?

We may gather information for the detection of a crime, a breach of legislation or tenancy agreement.

We've adopted policy and procedures from RIPSA for all services to follow.

Read our policy and procedures

Making a complaint

Anyone who feels we have acted improperly in carrying out our responsibilities, or who feels their essential human rights have been violated can register a complaint with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.


We're inspected regularly by the Office of Surveillance Commissioners.

Accessing communications data is currently covered by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Communications Data Order 2003.

Further information may be found on the Home Office website.

Further information


Human Rights Act 1998

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