Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (Commencement No 9) Regulations 2018 are made

The Regulations were made on 27 November 2018, bringing the following provisions of the IPA 2016 into force:

Regulation 2 brings into force on 28 November 2018 the power of law enforcement chiefs to decide to issue equipment interference warrants and the function of Judicial Commissioners to approve those decisions;

Regulation 3 brings into force on 5 December 2018 the provisions necessary for equipment interference warrants to be issued by law enforcement chiefs; and

Regulation 4 brings into force on 16 January 2019 the prohibition such that law enforcement agencies may not make applications for property interference authorisations under s 93 of the Police Act 1997 where the purpose of the interference is to obtain communications, private information or equipment data, if the applicant considers the conduct constitutes an offence under ss 1 to 3A of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the conduct can be authorised under an equipment interference warrant.

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