When the spooks think matters have got out of hand then, you know, they've probably gotten out of hand.
The Regulation of Investigatory
Powers Act (RIPA) was passed in 2000 to regulate the way that public
bodies such as the police and the security services carry out
surveillance. Originally only a handful of authorities were able to use
RIPA but its scope has been expanded enormously and now there are at
least 792 organisations using it, including hundreds of local councils.
Now those campaigning against the abuse of RIPA have got a new ally – Lady Manningham-Buller, the former head of MI5. In a speech in the House of Lords yesterday, she said she was "astonished" when she found out how many organisations were getting access to RIPA powers.
Well, yes. Quite so. And yet there you have it. In addition to this public service, Baroness B-M did us a service by clarifying the accepted pronunciation of RIPA:
When RIPA was introduced—those of us in the intelligence community call
it “Ripper”, as in “Jack the”, and not “Reaper”, as in “the Grim”;
there is no correct pronunciation, but I always call it “Ripper” and so
do my former colleagues.