FOI Request - Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act

Request 101001273985

I am writing to request the following information:
1. The total number of directed surveillance authorisations issued by the council under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act in 2015-16 and separately 2014-15.
2. A description of the purpose of each investigation.
3. A description of the method of each investigation and equipment used.
4. The duration of each investigation.

Response 25-08-2016 

1. This information is exempt information under Section 25(1) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 as it is otherwise obtainable up to end March 2015. We report these figures annually to Policy and Resources committee from 1 April to 31 March the following year and the annual reports for 2013-2016 can be found here http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_67810.html

Q2, 3 & 4 Note that while the request is for directed surveillance, I have included authorisations for covert human intelligence source (CHIS).  All CHIS authorisation relate to authorisation of Council Officers to pose as buyers in test transactions

Note that two or more authorisations may relate to a single investigation. For example an investigation into online sales would typically require a directed surveillance authorisation and a separate CHIS authorisation.

RIPSA Authorisations 2014/15

Purpose Method Equipment Duration
Establish sale of counterfeit tobacco from mobile premises Attempted test purchase of cigarettes No specific equipment 37 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Monitor Social Media and other online selling forums No specific equipment 15 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Attempted test purchase of cigarettes via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 13 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Attempted test purchase of cigarettes via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 12 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Monitor Social Media and other online selling forums No specific equipment 13 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Monitor Social Media and other online selling forums No specific equipment 42 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Attempted test purchase of cigarettes via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 42 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Monitor Social Media and other online selling forums No specific equipment 35 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Attempted test purchase of cigarettes via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 35 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Attempted test purchase of cigarettes via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 49 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Monitor Social Media and other online selling forums No specific equipment 49 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Attempted test purchase of cigarettes via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 139 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Monitor Social Media and other online selling forums    No specific equipment 139 days
Establish sale of counterfeit clothing on Social Media Monitor Social Media and other online selling forums    No specific equipment 35 days
Establish sale of counterfeit clothing on Social Media Attempted test purchase of counterfeit clothing via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 35 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Attempted test purchase of cigarettes via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 35 days
Establish sales of cigarettes to persons under 18 years Test purchases with young volunteers Covert Video / Audio Recording equipment 57 days

 

RIPSA Authorisations 2015/16

Purpose Method Equipment Duration
Establish sale of illicit tobacco to regular customers Monitor movements of seller from Observation Point No specific equipment 19 days
Establish sale of cigarettes to persons under 18 years Test purchase with young volunteers Covert Video / Audio Recording equipment 12 days
Establish unlicensed  and disguised sales of second hand vehicles on social media and other online selling platforms Monitor Social Media and other online selling forums    No specific equipment 92 days
Establish unlicensed  and disguised sales of second hand vehicles on social media and other online selling platforms Attempted viewing of vehicles via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 3 days
Establish unlicensed  and disguised sales of second hand vehicles on social media and other online selling platforms Attempted viewing of vehicles via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 8 days
Establish unlicensed  and disguised sales of second hand vehicles on social media and other online selling platforms Attempted viewing of vehicles via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 63 days
Establish sale of counterfeit clothing on Social Media Monitor Social Media and other online selling forums    No specific equipment 18 days
Establish sale of counterfeit clothing on Social Media Attempted test purchase of counterfeit clothing via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 18 days
Establish unlicensed  and disguised sales of second hand vehicles on social media and other online selling platforms Attempted viewing of vehicles via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 13 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Monitor Social Media and other online selling forums    No specific equipment 27 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Attempted test purchase of cigarettes via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 24 days
Establish unlicensed  and disguised sales of second hand vehicles on social media and other online selling platforms Attempted viewing of vehicles via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 10 days
Establish unlicensed  and disguised sales of second hand vehicles on social media and other online selling platforms Monitor Social Media and other online selling forums    No specific equipment 28 days
Establish unlicensed  and disguised sales of second hand vehicles on social media and other online selling platforms Attempted viewing of vehicles via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 4 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Attempted test purchase of cigarettes via communicating through social media and then covert meeting with seller No specific equipment 27 days
Establish sale of illicit tobacco advertised on Social Media Monitor Social Media and other online selling forums    No specific equipment 27 days
Establish sales of cigarettes to persons under 18 years Test purchases with young volunteers Covert Video / Audio Recording equipment 3 days

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