Is it time to rip up RIPA?

Monday 6 February 2012 

JUSTICE and Julian Huppert MP invite you to an open discussion on the future of surveillance and the right to privacy in the UK 

JUSTICE, in its recent report, Freedom from Suspicion: Surveillance Reform for a Digital Age, conducts a detailed review of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and concludes that it is outdated and ripe for reform. Freedom from Suspicion points out that the majority of nearly three million authorisations for surveillance made under RIPA are not subject to judicial authorisation. In their proposals in the Protection of Freedoms Bill, the Government propose a welcome change to subject local authority decisions to judicial authorisation. While the Bill proposes an unenforceable code of practice on public CCTV, it will have no impact on the expansion of private surveillance.

The proposals in the Protection of Freedoms Bill are welcome, but will not address many of the problems which are identified in Freedom from Suspicion.  From the confusion which led to the phone hacking scandal to the exclusion of intercept evidence; RIPA is outdated and not fit for purpose. The time is right for an open discussion about the future of surveillance in the UK, its regulation and the protection of individual privacy. 

Panel participants: 

  • Angela Patrick (chair), Director of Human Rights Policy, JUSTICE
  • Dr Eric Metcalfe, Barrister, Monckton Chambers, former Director of Human Rights Policy for JUSTICE and author of Freedom from Suspicion
  • James Welch, Legal Director, Liberty (Liberty have acted in a number of cases on surveillance in the UK, including acting for parents whose local authority used RIPA powers inappropriately to check on school admissions.)
  • Other speakers to be confirmed.

Numbers at this event are limited. To reserve your place, please email

Event details

Location:Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, Westminster London SW1A 2LW
Times:17:00 to 19:00
Date(s):06 February 2012

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