Annual Report of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner to Prime Minister and to Scottish Ministers

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on July 27, 2013

Annual Report of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner to the Prime Minister and to Scottish Ministers for 2012-2013 – July 2013

“The powersand duties of the Surveillance Commissioners in scrutinising and deciding whether to approve authorisations under PA97 (property interference) and under RIPA and RIP(S)A (intrusive surveillance) have been explained in earlier reports and are publicly available on our website. For reasons explained later in this report, necessary legislation is not yet implemented to enable the Commissioners to give prior approval to some authorisations relating to a law enforcement Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS–commonly termed an undercover officer). My Inspectors continue to scrutinise the authorisation of any such undercover officer who has been authorised for an uninterrupted period exceeding 12 months.”

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