FOI Request - RIPSA

Request 101000140580

1. How many times has your local authority used Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000 ('RIPSA') in each year since 2008?

2. Which departments have used the RIPSA legislation most for covert/surveillance operations (top 5 with the number of times each year since 2008)?

3. In how many occasions has the use of RIPSA resulted in criminal proceedings and convictions each year since 2008?

Response 23-04-2013

1. 2008 - 2, 2009 - 4, 2010 - 4, 2011 - 3, 2012 - 2, 2013 - 10

2. 2008 - 2x Trading Standards, 2009 - 3x Trading Standards, 1x Environmental Health, 2010 - 3x Trading Standards, 1x Education 2011 - 3x Trading Standards, 2012 - 2x Trading Standards, 2013 - 10x Trading Standards

3. 2008 - 2x criminal proceedings, 2x convictions, 2009 - 3x criminal proceedings, 0x convictions, 2010 - 1x criminal proceedings, 1x conviction, 2011 - 1 criminal proceedings 0x convictions, 2012 - 0x criminal proceedings, 0x convictions, 2013 - 7 criminal proceedings, still ongoing.

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