This Practice Note explains the how communications data can be lawfully obtained and disclosed by public authorities under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016). It explains the lawful interception of communications, the types of interception warrants which can be obtained, including targeted interception warrants, targeted examination warrants and mutual assistance warrants, applications for warrants and information which are excluded from warrants. The safeguards in place for obtaining communications data, specifically in relation to legally privileged material and journalist material are explained as well as the offences of unauthorised disclosure, and knowingly fail to comply with the obligation to give effect to an interception warrant.
This Practice Note explains the power to retain communications data under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and draws comparisons with the power contained under its predecessor legislation, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA 2014). It also explains the background to the retention of communications data following the declaration of the invalidity of the EU Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC and the introduction of DRIPA 2014 as well as the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the joined cases of C-203/15 Tele2 Sverige and C-698/15 Watson on the compatibility of DRIPA 2014, s 1 with EU law.
This Practice Note explains the provisions of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) relating to equipment interference. It covers the purpose and scope of targeted equipment interference warrants which authorise or require a person to secure interference with any equipment for the purpose of obtaining communications, equipment data, or any other information. It also covers targeted examination warrants which authorise the selection for examination of protected material acquired under a bulk equipment interference warrants. The Practice Note also explains the power to issue targeted equipment interference warrants and targeted examination warrants, the approval of warrants by Judicial Commissioners and the safeguards in place to protect legally privileged and journalistic material from disclosure under targeted equipment interference warrants and targeted examination warrants. It also covers the offence of failure to satisfy the duty not to make unauthorised disclosures under IPA 2016, s 134.
This Practice Note explains the offences contained in the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) which relate to the interception of communications (including phone tapping or phone hacking) including the unlawful interception of communications data under IPA 2016, s 3 and explores what constitutes ‘lawful authority’. The offences of failing to comply with the duty not to make an unauthorised disclosure and the deliberate selection for examination of material collected under a bulk interception warrant are explained. This Practice Note also includes the procedure for obtaining an interception warrant, a mutual assistance warrant or a bulk interception warrant and how intercepted communications can be used in legal proceedings.
This Practice Note explains the independent oversight arrangements for the use of surveillance and intelligence gathering powers under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016). It explains the role of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner (IPC) and Judicial Commissioners.
This Practice Note explains the power of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to use surveillance and other intelligence gathering powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000) and the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) to obtain information for the prevention and detection of crime. It explains the power of acquire communications data, to carry out covert surveillance, the use of covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) and the power to require encryption keys or passwords to access encrypted electronic data.
This Practice Note explains the statutory powers of local councils to carry out covert surveillance or obtain communications data under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000) and the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) which is in the process of coming into force. It explains which covert surveillance powers are available to local authorities, the use of surveillance cameras and CCTV with reference to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice, surveillance inspection and practice and the making of applications for authorisations for the acquisition of communications data. The Practice Note also explains the impact of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 on surveillance.
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