Equipment interference under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016
Produced in partnership with Richard Hanstock of Cornerstone Barristers

The following Corporate Crime practice note produced in partnership with Richard Hanstock of Cornerstone Barristers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Equipment interference under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016
  • Targeted equipment interference and targeted examination warrants
  • Equipment data
  • Subject matter of warrants
  • Power to issue warrants
  • Secretary of State
  • Law enforcement chiefs
  • Approval of warrants by Judicial Commissioners and urgent warrants
  • Privileged material
  • Journalistic material
  • More...

Equipment interference under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016

The data-ln-csis="274768" data-ln-lnis="5MB7-RB21-DYCN-C0DF-00000-00">Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) forms a central part of the legal framework governing the use of covert surveillance by public bodies. This framework previously had been largely, but not exclusively, contained in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000).

The provisions that govern the powers to interfere with equipment and property are set out in IPA 2016, Pt 5. These are in addition to powers available to the intelligence agencies (GCHQ, MI5 and SIS) under sections 5 and 7 of the Intelligence Services Act 1994.

A Code of Practice on Equipment Interference came into force on 8 March 2018. This Code relates to the exercise of functions conferred by

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