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Communication Service Providers

Question for Home Office

UIN HL11148, tabled on 7 December 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of which communications service providers do not (1) recognise, and (2) accept, the extraterritorial application of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and whether these include (1) Facebook, (2) Twitter, (3) Google, (4) TikTok, and (5) Parler.

Answered on

22 December 2020

Much of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 has been replaced by the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. The IPA regime enables the extraterritorial application of our laws so that requests can be made both domestically and overseas. Whilst HMG cannot comment on the opinion of private companies, the IPA is enforceable through civil proceedings.

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