RIPA II: an exploration of the Investigatory Powers Draft Bill

Symington, Jessica (0002) RIPA II: an exploration of the Investigatory Powers Draft Bill. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Criticisms of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) are well established in literature. In 2015, three independent reviews were published which led to the publication of the investigatory powers draft bill (Anderson, 2015; ISC, 2015; RUSI, 2015). The bill seeks to address the criticisms of RIPA, and address the challenges of modern technology.
    This research aims to explore the opinions of experts, comprising of academics and practitioners, regarding the draft bill and the wider debates surrounding this area of legislation. The research was conducted via interviews and email questionnaires, and the data was analysed via thematic analysis.
    The key findings of the research include the agreement that RIPA is outdated, and new legislation is necessary. In addition, to ensure the draft bill does not also become obsolete due to technology, the bill should include technologically neutral language with technologically specific codes of practice, this is supported by the 2015 reviews. Furthermore, to address the privacy versus security debate, a publically translucent approach should be adopted, with a more effective control and oversight system. This should include independent authorisation and reviewing bodies, and a thorough review of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), to identify methods to make this court easier to access.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 14:18
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 14:18

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