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Cryptography: Orders and Regulations

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to lay the statutory instrument relating to encryption under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. (150110)

The statutory instrument relating to encryption, the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Investigation of Protected Electronic Information: Code of Practice) Order 2007, was laid before Parliament on 14 June and considered in Committee on 17 July. Subject to parliamentary approval of the report from Committee, the relevant Commencement Order will be laid. The effect of both Orders will be to commence the provisions of Part 3 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 on 1 October and to bring into force a statutory code of practice relating to the exercise of those provisions on the same day.