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5th Session of the 11th Parliament

The Interception of Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2020

An Act to amend the Interception of Communications Act, Chap. 15:08

The Bill seeks to amend the Interception of Communications Act, Chap. 15:08 ("the Act") to allow for the interception of communications from prisons and vehicles used to transport prisoners and communications to be recorded in a prison or a vehicle used to transport prisoners. The Bill seeks to provide for officers to apply for a warrant to obtain stored communication from a telecommunications service provider and to also obtain stored data and to disclose the stored communication and the stored data as specified under a warrant issued under section 8 of Act. The Bill also seeks to make further provision in relation to sensitive information and establishes the procedure for the disclosure of sensitive information and amends the provisions related to the information that has been intercepted to allow for the information to be admissible as evidence in any proceedings.

View the Bill Essentials here.


Bill No.: Senate Bill 1 of 2020
Introduced in: The Senate
Introduced by: The Honourable Faris Al-Rawi [Attorney General]
Introduced on: 04-Feb-2020
Published in Gazette on: 11-Feb-2020, Vol. 59, No. 17
Progress:
Senate
04-Feb-2020 1st Reading PDF icon (159.1 kb) | Hansard PDF icon (546.0 kb)
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
11-Feb-2020 2nd Reading | Hansard PDF icon (551.9 kb)
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
Sen. Sean Sobers [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Charrise Seepersad [Independent Senator]
Hon. Stuart Young, MP [Port-of-Spain North/St. Ann's West] [Minister of National Security and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister]
Sen. Saddam Hosein [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Anthony Vieira [Independent Senator]
Sen. Deoroop Teemal [Independent Senator]
03-Mar-2020 2nd Reading | Hansard PDF icon (837.7 kb)
Sen. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. Nigel De Freitas [Vice-President of the Senate]
Sen. Wayne Sturge [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Sen. Ndale Young [Government Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Taharqa Obika [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Sophia Chote, SC [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. Khadijah Ameen [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
03-Mar-2020 Committee Stage | Hansard PDF icon (837.7 kb)
Approved with amendments
03-Mar-2020 3rd Reading and Passage | Hansard PDF icon (837.7 kb)
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
22 votes for, 6 votes against, 1 abstention
House of Representatives
06-Mar-2020 1st Reading PDF icon (202.8 kb) | Hansard PDF icon (605.4 kb)
Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
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