This section contains details of the law governing covert activities. It offers quick summaries of the key Acts as well as links to the full text of each. It also has links to relevant Statutory Instruments, Codes of Practice and some key judgements in this area of law.


Our website provides a general overview of the Office of Surveillance Commissioners and its work. For detailed information on the legislation we oversee, you should refer to the original statutory documentation and associated Codes of Practice produced by the relevant government departments.


If you work in a public authority, and need advice on a particular issue or to get help with the authorisation process, then please contact your internal RIPA/RIP(S)A/RIPO lead. Your internal website should have details of your authority’s policy and single point of contact for advice.