Offence of making unauthorised disclosure

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 21 April 2016.

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Photo of Albert Owen Albert Owen Labour, Ynys Môn 2:15, 21 April 2016

With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 297, in clause 116, page 93, line 42, at end insert—

“(3A) In proceedings against any person for an offence under this section in respect of any disclosure, it is a defence for the person to show that the disclosure was in the public interest.”

This amendment would provide a defence to the criminal offence of unauthorised disclosure in relation to a warrant issued under this Part. The offence includes disclosure of the existence and content of a warrant and disclosure of the steps taken to implement a warrant.