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Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000


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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Communications

    1. Chapter I Interception

      1. Unlawful and authorised interception

        1. 1.Unlawful interception

        2. 2.Meaning and location of “interception” etc

        3. 3.Lawful interception without an interception warrant

        4. 4.Power to provide for lawful interception

        5. 5.Interception with a warrant

      2. Interception warrants

        1. 6.Application for issue of an interception warrant

        2. 7.Issue of warrants

        3. 8.Contents of warrants

        4. 9.Duration, cancellation and renewal of warrants

        5. 10.Modification of warrants and certificates

        6. 11.Implementation of warrants

      3. Interception capability and costs

        1. 12.Maintenance of interception capability

        2. 13.Technical Advisory Board

        3. 14.Grants for interception costs

      4. Restrictions on use of intercepted material etc.

        1. 15.General safeguards

        2. 16.Extra safeguards in the case of certificated warrants

        3. 17.Exclusion of matters from legal proceedings

        4. 18.Exceptions to section 17

        5. 19.Offence for unauthorised disclosures

      5. Interpretation of Chapter I

        1. 20.Interpretation of Chapter I

    2. Chapter II Acquisition and disclosure of communications data

      1. 21.Lawful acquisition and disclosure of communications data

      2. 22.Obtaining and disclosing communications data

      3. 23.Form and duration of authorisations and notices

      4. 24.Arrangements for payments

      5. 25.Interpretation of Chapter II

  3. Part II Surveillance and covert human intelligence sources

    1. Introductory

      1. 26.Conduct to which Part II applies

    2. Authorisation of surveillance and human intelligence sources

      1. 27.Lawful surveillance etc

      2. 28.Authorisation of directed surveillance

      3. 29.Authorisation of covert human intelligence sources

      4. 30.Persons entitled to grant authorisations under ss. 28 and 29

      5. 31.Orders under s. 30 for Northern Ireland

      6. 32.Authorisation of intrusive surveillance

    3. Police and customs authorisations

      1. 33.Rules for grant of authorisations

      2. 34.Grant of authorisations in the senior officer’s absence

      3. 35.Notification of authorisations for intrusive surveillance

      4. 36.Approval required for authorisations to take effect

      5. 37.Quashing of police and customs authorisations etc

      6. 38.Appeals against decisions by Surveillance Commissioners

      7. 39.Appeals to the Chief Surveillance Commissioner: supplementary

      8. 40.Information to be provided to Surveillance Commissioners

    4. Other authorisations

      1. 41.Secretary of State authorisations

      2. 42.Intelligence services authorisations

    5. Grant, renewal and duration of authorisations

      1. 43.General rules about grant, renewal and duration

      2. 44.Special rules for intelligence services authorisations

      3. 45.Cancellation of authorisations

    6. Scotland

      1. 46.Restrictions on authorisations extending to Scotland

    7. Supplemental provision for Part II

      1. 47.Power to extend or modify authorisation provisions

      2. 48.Interpretation of Part II

  4. Part III Investigation of electronic data protected by encryption etc.

    1. Power to require disclosure

      1. 49.Notices requiring disclosure

      2. 50.Effect of notice imposing disclosure requirement

      3. 51.Cases in which key required

    2. Contributions to costs

      1. 52.Arrangements for payments for disclosure

    3. Offences

      1. 53.Failure to comply with a notice

      2. 54.Tipping-off

    4. Safeguards

      1. 55.General duties of specified authorities

    5. Interpretation of Part III

      1. 56.Interpretation of Part III

  5. Part IV Scrutiny etc. of investigatory powers and of the functions of the intelligence services

    1. Commissioners

      1. 57.Interception of Communications Commissioner

      2. 58.Co-operation with and reports by s. 57 Commissioner

      3. 59.Intelligence Services Commissioner

      4. 60.Co-operation with and reports by s. 59 Commissioner

      5. 61.Investigatory Powers Commissioner for Northern Ireland

      6. 62.Additional functions of Chief Surveillance Commissioner

      7. 63.Assistant Surveillance Commissioners

      8. 64.Delegation of Commissioners' functions

    2. The Tribunal

      1. 65.The Tribunal

      2. 66.Orders allocating proceedings to the Tribunal

      3. 67.Exercise of the Tribunal’s jurisdiction

      4. 68.Tribunal procedure

      5. 69.Tribunal rules

      6. 70.Abolition of jurisdiction in relation to complaints

    3. Codes of practice

      1. 71.Issue and revision of codes of practice

      2. 72.Effect of codes of practice

  6. Part V Miscellaneous and supplemental

    1. Miscellaneous

      1. 73.Conduct in relation to wireless telegraphy

      2. 74.Warrants under the Intelligence Services Act 1994

      3. 75.Authorisations under Part III of the Police Act 1997

      4. 76.Surveillance etc. operations beginning in Scotland

    2. Supplemental

      1. 77.Ministerial expenditure etc

      2. 78.Orders, regulations and rules

      3. 79.Criminal liability of directors etc

      4. 80.General saving for lawful conduct

      5. 81.General interpretation

      6. 82.Amendments, repeals and savings etc

      7. 83.Short title, commencement and extent

  7. Schedules:

    1. Schedule 1

      Relevant Public Authorities.

      1. Part I Relevant authorities for the purposes of ss. 28 and 29.

      2. Part II Relevant authorities for the purposes only of s. 28.

    2. Schedule 2

      Persons having the appropriate permission.

    3. Schedule 3

      The Tribunal.

    4. Schedule 4

      Consequential amendments.

    5. Schedule 5


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