The Application & Use of Communications Data Within Criminal Investigations (Investigator Powers Act) Workshop

  • Available
  • 23rd Oct 19
  • 09.30am - 4.30pm


The accessing of communications data within investigations can be one of the most productive methods to obtain intelligence and evidence.  However, it is arguably one of the most under used resources available to enforcement staff.  It is currently the only lawful way of evidencing who a phone number is registered to or that a suspects phone called a particular number.  Imagine the intelligence from analysing a fly-tippers itemised phone bill.  This days course will explain the legal requirements for obtaining the data under the Investigatory Powers Act as it had now been removed from RIPA.  It explains all the different types of data that can be obtained included pay as you go phones, how to apply and how to explain necessity and proportionality with regard to communications data. It also covers  methods of analysing phone records.  Communication is vital to most people including offenders, however its footprint can prove invaluable in detecting and prosecuting them.

Course Content

  • The latest Codes of Practice (Investigatory Powers Act) content, including relevant role (new verifying officer), title changes and responsibilities
  • Authorisations, notices and schedule forms
  • New categories of data, Entity data and Event Data and when the serious crime threshold applies
  • Network and phone technology
  • What data is held by the service providers including Royal Mail etc.?
  • Identifying objectives with regard to accessing communications data, what do you want, why and how will it benefit the investigation?
  • Completing the relevant paperwork
  • Provenance of the intelligence
  • Relevant time periods
  • Dealing with Necessity, Proportionality & Collateral Intrusion
  • Identifying evidential and intelligence material from the acquired data
  • Use of open source research to obtain communications data
  • Profiling phone records (bills) including pre- pay, to identify users
  • Dealing with excess data
  • DPA & implications and CPIA (Disclosure)
  • Reporting errors & oversight and inspection
  • Role of OCDA and IPCO

Who is the Course aimed at

All staff that may be involved in the management or application process to access communications data.

The Application & Use of Communications Data Within Criminal Investigations (Investigator Powers Act) Workshop

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