Telephone tapping and interception of communications

The interception of telecommunications such as telephone calls and emails and of postal communications can potentially be a very severe intrusion into your privacy. Article 8 of the Convention, which guarantees your right to respect for your privacy, also expressly protects your right to respect for your correspondence, and correspondence can include telecommunications. For this reason the law strictly regulates the circumstances in which your post or telecommunications can be intercepted or monitored. Any interception which is not done in accordance with the law and which cannot be justified as being necessary and proportionate for a legitimate aim is likely to constitute a breach of your human rights.

Regulation of telephone tapping and other forms of interception of communications is governed by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, known as RIPA. RIPA is complex legislation and the informaiton in this section is communicated as clearly as possible.
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