Northern Ireland Police lives with mobile surveillance tool

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has gone live with abmpegasus Telecoms, a software solution designed to manage requests for accessing and analysing an individual's communications data as required under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000.

PSNI has eliminated all hand-written forms and requested for automated request approval. All police forces will gain authorisation from a 'designated person' prior to access the mobile phone, internet and postal data of suspected offenders or other individual's of interest. This process is managed by an authorised person known as a 'single point of contact' (SPoC) who interact with the Communications Service Provider (CSP). A mobile cell site search can help to identify where a particular individual was at any given time. A subscriber check identifies the owner of a particular handset and a records search will expose called numbers to identify criminal.  All applications submitted are recorded and managed allowing for statistical reporting of the requests and the intelligence retrieved to be made available through the Intelligence Source Registry.