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The encryption provisions of the 2000 Regulations of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) came into force on 1 October 2007. Up to the end of 2007 (latest available) there have been no persons reported to the Ministry of Justice as being cautioned, prosecuted or convicted under section 53 of the Act in England and Wales. Some information is available in the Chief Surveillance Commissioner's report for 2008-09 which shows there were two s53 convictions for failing to disclose the key to protected information.
The Government are satisfied that offences set in RIPA are appropriate and that the legislation is being used effectively.