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- Interception involves making available the content of a communication to someone other than the sender or intended recipient during the course of its transmission. In practice that means listening to a phone call or reading an email. - Interception can only be undertaken by a limited number of agencies, in limited circumstances, when a warrant is in place. It is a vital toolfor law enforcement and the intelligence agencies to protect the public and prevent or detect serious crime.- Interception warrants will be subject to a ‘double-lock’ authorisation process of Secretary of State issued warrants approved by a Judicial Commissioner before coming into force. - Only nine agencies can apply for an interception warrant. These include the Security and Intelligence Agencies, five Law Enforcement Agencies and the armed forces (GCHQ, SIS, MI5, the Ministry of Defence, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the National Crime Agency, the Police Service Northern Ireland, Police Scotland and the Metropolitan Police Service).- As is currently the case, the Bill makes clear that targeted interception warrants can be served on Communications Service Providers (CSPs) who offer services to customers in the UK irrespective of where they are based in the world. CSPs have a duty to give effect to a warrantif required to do so [source]
What can it do?For three specific purposes: in the interest of national security, for the prevention or detection of serious crime; safeguarding the economic well-being of the UK (for national security).[source]
"If there's nothing to hide, there's nothing to fear there's no reason to look."