Correspondence

Update to ISC on GCHQ use of Bulk Equipment Interference: 3 December 2018

Update to the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament on GCHQ's planned use of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 Bulk Equipment Interference Regime.

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Letter from the Security Minister to Dominic Grieve QC MP to the Intelligence and Security Committee, December 2018

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This letter informs the ISC that GCHQ’s position on the authorisation of equipment interference operations has evolved since the Investigatory Powers Act received Royal Assent in 2016.

Following a review of current operational and technical realities, GCHQ have revisited their position on the authorisation of equipment interference operations under the Investigatory Powers Act and determined that it will be necessary to conduct a higher proportion of ongoing overseas focused operational activity using the bulk equipment interference regime than was originally envisaged.

Published 5 December 2018