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Communications Data

Volume 714: debated on Wednesday 4 November 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many authorisations were made for (a) directed surveillance, (b) covert human intelligence sources, and (c) communications traffic data under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 by (1) local authorities, and (2) public authorities which are not law enforcement agencies, in each year since 2000 according to records held by (i) the Home Office, (ii) the Office of the Surveillance Commissioners, and (iii) the Interception of Communications Commissioner. [HL6079]

The available figures are published in the annual reports of the Interception of Communications Commissioner and the Chief Surveillance Commissioner (see table attached) copies of which are in the House Library.

Figures for communications data acquisition were published for the first time in the Interception Commissioner's report for 2005.

No further breakdown is given by the commissioners. The Home Office does not separately record this information.

Covert Investigatory Techniques Authorised Under RIPA

Directed surveillance

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

By law enforcement

not given

27,800

26,400

26,986

25,518

23,628

19,651

18,767

16,118

By other authorities

not given

not given

not given

6,398

6,110

6,924

12,494

9,535

9,894

Covert Human Intelligence Sources

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

By law enforcement

Not given

5,400

5,900

5,907

4,980

4,559

4,373

4,498

4,278

By other authorities

Not given

not given

not given

273

308

437

429

204

234

Acquisition of Communications Data

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

1/1/05- 31/3/06

11/4/06-31/12/06

2007

2008

By all public authorities

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

not given

439,054

253,557

519,260

504,073

By local authorities

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

not given

not given

1,694

1,707

1,553