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Telecommunications: Security

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009


Asked by

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.