Intelligence regulation of investigatory powers act: covert surveillance


Describe the target group for the policy and list any other interested parties. What contact have you had with these groups?



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Describe the target group for the policy and list any other interested parties. What contact have you had with these groups?

This is aimed at staff involved in the application/authorisation of covert surveillance and staff who undertake the any authorised surveillance and associated product management issues.

Do you have any feedback from stakeholders, particularly from groups representative of the various issues, that this policy is relevant to them?

No.

Impact


Could the policy have a differential impact on staff, prisoners, visitors or other stakeholders on the basis of any of the equalities issues?

No.

Local discretion


Does the policy allow local discretion in the way in which it is implemented? If so, what safeguards are there to prevent inconsistent outcomes and/or differential treatment of different groups of people?

Not in terms of implementation but clearly the process requires staff to make decisions. However, all decisions are reviewed by the National Intelligence Unit Central Authorities Bureau, and staff from the NIU communicate concerns and issues with relevant establishment staff. Practice is also overseen annually by the Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC). Those who believe they have been subject to covert surveillance can also apply to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal to investigate whether surveillance was carried out in accordance with the law.

Summary of relevance to equalities issues





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