Government Communications Security Bureau Act 2003

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16 Certain interceptions permitted without interception warrant or computer access authorisation
  • (1) The Director, or an employee of the Bureau, or a person acting on behalf of the Bureau may, without an interception warrant, or, as the case requires, without a computer access authorisation, intercept foreign communications only if the interception is authorised by this Act or by another enactment.

    (2) The Director, or an employee of the Bureau, or a person acting on behalf of the Bureau may, without an interception warrant, or, as the case requires, without a computer access authorisation, intercept foreign communications by using an interception device, but only if—

    • (a) the interception does not involve any activity specified in section 15(1); and

    • (b) any access to a computer system is limited to access to 1 or more communication links between computers or to remote terminals; and

    • (c) the interception is carried out by the Director or with the authority of the Director for the purpose of obtaining foreign intelligence; and

    • (d) the foreign communications do not contain private communications other than private communications that—

      • (i) are produced, sent, or received by, or sent to, a foreign organisation or a foreign person; and

      • (ii) contain, or may reasonably be expected to contain, foreign intelligence.

    (3) This section is subject to section 14.