Search Legislation

Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014


22.The Act provides powers to create a new mandatory data retention regime to replace the 2009 Regulations.

23.It clarifies that the economic well-being purpose for obtaining communications data or issuing an interception warrant under RIPA must relate to national security.

24.It clarifies the extra-territorial reach of RIPA for the purposes of seeking assistance with giving effect to an interception warrant, giving a notice requiring the maintenance of a permanent interception capability, or requesting communications data.

25.It provides further clarification of the detail of the definition of a telecommunications service.

26.Finally, it provides for the review of the investigatory powers available in the United Kingdom and increased reporting on their use.

Back to top


Print Options


Explanatory Notes

Text created by the government department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Public Acts except Appropriation, Consolidated Fund, Finance and Consolidation Acts.


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources

Impact Assessments

Impact Assessments generally accompany all UK Government interventions of a regulatory nature that affect the private sector, civil society organisations and public services. They apply regardless of whether the regulation originates from a domestic or international source and can accompany primary (Acts etc) and secondary legislation (SIs). An Impact Assessment allows those with an interest in the policy area to understand:

  • Why the government is proposing to intervene;
  • The main options the government is considering, and which one is preferred;
  • How and to what extent new policies may impact on them; and,
  • The estimated costs and benefits of proposed measures.