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Phone Tapping

Volume 699: debated on Monday 18 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What measures they intend to introduce to interdict unauthorised phone tapping by governmental and public bodies. [HL1649]

None. Interception of communications is strictly controlled by Secretary of State authorisation as set out in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. The Act sets out the agencies that can apply to use intercept and the purposes and circumstances in which they can use it. There is no evidence of any unauthorised interception.