East End - not
Excel is in Newham which did not become part of London until 1965
5 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007
RIPA does NOT provide powers - it imposes restrictions on powers obtained from other legislation and methods (in the public domain) for investigating them.
If you want to worry yourselves just look at the sheer quantity of surveillance equipment available to the general public who have no general oversight to prevent them using it how they wish.
And again, dog fouling and littering are criminal offences and therefore RIPA authorisation must be obtained (not a choice or an option).
Further example - Councils have a duty to enforce noise nuisance legislation. Resident calls in claiming that their neighbours are playing the radio loudly till the small hours and shouting to each other over the top of it.
How does the Council establish that this is a genuine complaint and not simply malicious?
The obvious answer is to go and listen - but since there is a chance that they will hear the contents of the shouted conversations they have to obtain RIPA authorisation to do so - no option. Remove RIPA and you remove the ability to investigate noise nuisance - often quoted as one of the more annoying of annoyances in the UK.
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