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Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000

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Section 31:  Interpretation

122.This section defines the terms used in the Act. Amongst other things, it defines “surveillance” and clarifies that this does not include references to:

  • the use of a recording device by a covert human intelligence source to record any information obtained in the presence of the source (subsection (3)(a));

  • activity involving interference with property or with wireless telegraphy which requires authorisation or warrant under Part III of the Police Act 1997.

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