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Communications Act 2003

Section 137: Restriction on imposing information requirements

324.OFCOM may not use their powers under sections 135 and 136 to request information relating to a potential breach of a general condition unless OFCOM’s investigation is in response to a complaint; they have reason to believe that a breach has occurred; they have decided to investigate to see whether the condition is being complied with; or the condition concerns sharing the burden of providing a universal service.

325.Any demands made by OFCOM must be proportionate to the use to which they intend to put the information, and must describe the information required and state the reasons why it is required. This implements Article 11(1) and (2) of the Authorisation Directive. Unless the demand is for the purpose of determining who is liable to a charge under section 38 (in which case other appropriate methods may be used) any demand must be set out in a notice and be served on the person from whom the information is requested.

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