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3In section 45 of the [1984 c. 12.] Telecommunications Act 1984 (offence of disclosing of messages and use of telecommunication system), for subsections (2) and (3) there shall be substituted—
“(2)Subsection (1) above does not apply to any disclosure made—
(a)in accordance with the order of any court or for the purposes of any criminal proceedings;
(b)in accordance with any warrant, authorisation or notice issued, granted or given under any provision of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000;
(c)in compliance with any requirement imposed (apart from that Act) in consequence of the exercise by any person of any statutory power exercisable by him for the purpose of obtaining any document or other information; or
(d)in pursuance of any duty under that Act of 2000, or under Part III of the [1997 c. 50.] Police Act 1997, to provide information or produce any document to the Interception of Communications Commissioner or to the tribunal established under section 65 of that Act of 2000.
(3)In subsection (2) above “criminal proceedings” and “statutory power” have the same meanings as in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.”
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