RIPA (3686_15)

Request

I would like to request data relating to details of the amount paid to the telecoms industry (including BT, TalkTalk, BSkyB, Virgin Media, Vodafone, EE, Three, O2 and any other telecoms company or internet service provider) to provide mobile phone data under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

As the police force needs to compensate the telecoms firms for holding, sorting and supplying telecoms communications data under RIPA on request, please can you provide the annual costing of the service (which is regularly audited) and the number of requests broken down by year for the years 2008 to date.

I would ideally like to see the data sorted by the number of requests and amounts paid broken down per year from 2008 to date.

This request relates specifically to the acquisition of communications data (the `who’, `when’ and `where’ of a communication) under Part I, Chapter 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

Response

Please find attached (3686_attachment_01.pdf). Please note, information relating to costs is held by Financial Year rather than Calendar.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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