Definition of “interception” etc.

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 10:15 am ar 12 Ebrill 2016.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 10:15, 12 Ebrill 2016

There are no amendments tabled to the clause, which we support, but I say for the record and for clarification that what is welcome in clause 3 is the spelling out in legislation of the extent of an interception—an issue has bedevilled some recent criminal cases. Importantly, as the explanatory notes make clear, it is now provided in clear terms that voicemails remaining on a system, emails and text messages read but not deleted and draft messages stored on a system will count within the phrase “in the course of transmission” and will therefore be covered by the offence. We welcome that. I wanted to emphasise that point and put it on the record, because a lot of time and effort was spent when that phrase was not so clearly defined.