The Human Rights Act (HRA) 1998, based on the European Convention onHuman Rights, had a dramatic impact on policing in England and Wales.In terms of privacy, the Act imposed a requirement for police and otherinvestigatory bodies to formally consider such aspects as proportionalityprior to taking actions which could be considered intrusive. Prior to thislegislation, in simple terms, police could take any actions they considerednecessary as long as there was not legislation forbidding those actions. Costrather than proportionality was a major consideration when decisions weremade to undertake intrusive investigations. The Regulation of InvestigatoryPowers Act (RIPA) 2000 was introduced as the legislation which enabledinvestigatory bodies to conduct intrusive investigations. RIPA and theHRA imposed a significant bureaucratic and therefore cost burden onpolice. Despite this, the author who was a serving police officer at thetime, supports the introduction of the legislation and recommends thatjurisdictions considering introducing similar legislation should examinethe UK experience.
|Title of host publication||Social Implications of Covert Policing (Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security, 2009)|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publisher||University of Wollongong Press|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
O'Brien, N. (2010). The Practical Effects of the Human Rights Act 1998 on Policing in England and Wales. In K. Michael (Ed.), Social Implications of Covert Policing (Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security, 2009) (12 ed., pp. 125-130). University of Wollongong Press.