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Mobile Phones: Telephone Tapping

Question for Home Office

UIN 5369, tabled on 2 July 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what statute and what warranty system the use of IMSI catchers is permitted to intercept communications and communications data.

Answered on

7 July 2015

The Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 makes it an offence for a person to interfere with wireless telegraphy or to use wireless telegraphy with intent to obtain information as to the contents, sender or addressee of a message of which neither he nor a person on whose behalf he is acting is an intended recipient, without lawful authority.

Investigative activity involving interference with property or wireless telegraphy is regulated by the Police Act 1997 and the Intelligence Services Act 1994 which sets out the high level of authorisation required before the police or security and intelligence agencies can undertake such activity. Use of these powers is overseen by the Intelligence Services Commissioner and the Office of Surveillance Commissioners.

Interception of communications in the course of their transmission is governed by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

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Home Office
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