To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 8 December 2008 (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 145), what the difference is between “intrusive or directed purposes” in electronic surveillance. [HL758]
The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 sets out the relevant legal definitions. Essentially, directed surveillance is covert surveillance of individuals while in a public place for the purposes of a specific investigation or operation in a way that is likely to obtain private information about a person. Intrusive surveillance is covert surveillance which takes place in a private residence or vehicle where individuals would have a higher expectation of privacy.