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Publication for consultation of the Equipment Interference Code of Practice by the Home Office

Statement by the Intelligence Services Commissioner, the Rt. Hon Sir mark Waller on publication for consultation of the Equipment Interference Code of Practice by the Home Office

Today the Home Office has published a draft Equipment Interference Code of Practice for consultation. Welcoming the initiative Sir Mark said:

"I very much welcome publication of a new code of practice covering equipment interference which has been issued for consultation today. I have been regularly consulted during its composition. I welcome the fact that it has become possible to publish a clear up to date code covering equipment interference."

The draft code explains the circumstances and procedures that must be followed before the Security and Intelligence Agencies can interfere with electronic equipment, such as computers, and the rules that must apply to the processing, retention, destruction and disclosure of any information obtained by means of the interference.

The draft code can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/interception-of-communications-and-equipment-interference-draft-codes-of-practice  and responses are due by 20th March 2015.

6 Feb 15