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Regulation of Investigatory Powers Scotland Act 2000

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

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.

Icon for pdf Read the RIPSA policy and procedures [577.31KB].

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.

Visit the Investigatory Powers Tribunal website.


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

Visit the Office of Surveillance Commissioner's website.

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

Last modified on 26 May 2021