AB v Hampshire Constabulary, first decision under new IPT rules


On 5 February 2019, the IPT issued its first decision after the new rules which govern the Tribunal under section 242 of the Investigatory Powers Act which came into force on 31 December 2018.

The case of AB v Hampshire Constabulary relates to whether the use of body worn cameras can amount to surveillance as defined by legislation. In this final decision of a preliminary issue the Tribunal concluded that in this case video recording was capable of amounting to “surveillance” under Part II of RIPA (2000).

Judgment dated : 5 Feb 19

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