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5th Session of the 11th Republican 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.

Introduced By:
Faris Al-Rawi
Bill No:
Senate Bill 1 of 2020
Introduced In:
Introduced On:
04-Feb-2020
Published In Gazette On
04-Feb-2020, Vol. 59, No. 17
Status
President of the Republic - Assent: Awaiting Proclamation

Progress

4 Feb 2020
Senate
1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
11 Feb 2020
2nd Reading of the Bill Hansard
7 speakersShow Speakers
1.Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
2.Sen. Sean Sobers [Opposition Senator]
3.Sen. Charrise Seepersad [Independent Senator]
4.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]
5.Sen. Saddam Hosein [Opposition Senator]
6.Sen. Anthony Vieira [Independent Senator]
7.Sen. Deoroop Teemal [Independent Senator]
3 Mar 2020
2nd Reading of the Bill Hansard
12 speakersShow Speakers
1.Sen. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
2.Sen. Nigel de Freitas [Vice-President of the Senate]
3.Sen. Wayne Sturge [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
4.Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
5.Sen. Ndale Young [Government Senator (Temporary)]
6.Sen. Taharqa Obika [Opposition Senator]
7.Sen. Sophia Chote, SC [Independent Senator]
8.Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
9.Sen. Khadijah Ameen [Opposition Senator]
10.Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
11.Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
12.Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
3 Mar 2020
Committee Stage Hansard
Approved with amendments
3 Mar 2020
3rd Reading and Passage of the Bill Hansard
22 votes for, 6 votes against, 1 abstention
1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
6 Mar 2020
House of Representatives
1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
29 May 2020
2nd Reading of the Bill Hansard
10 speakersShow Speakers
1.Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
2. Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP [Oropouche East] [Opposition Member]
3.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]
4.Mrs. Vidia Gayadeen-Gopeesingh, MP [Oropouche West] [Opposition Member]
5.Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Laventille West] [Minister of Public Utilities and Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs]
6.Mr. Rodney Charles, MP [Naparima] [Opposition Member]
7.Hon. Randall Mitchell, MP [San Fernando East] [Minister of Tourism]
8.Ms. Ramona Ramdial, MP [Couva North] [Opposition Member]
9.Mr. Ganga Singh, MP [Chaguanas West] [Opposition Member]
10.Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
29 May 2020
Committee Stage Hansard
Approved with amendments
29 May 2020
3rd Reading and Passage of the Bill Hansard
19 votes for, 12 votes against, no abstentions
1 speakersShow Speakers
1.Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
3 Jun 2020
Senate
House of Representatives Amendments Hansard
16 votes for, 7 votes against and 6 abstentions
Amendments were approved.
10 speakersShow Speakers
1.Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
2.Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
3.Sen. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
4.Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
5.Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
6.Sen. Saddam Hosein [Opposition Senator]
7.Sen. Anthony Vieira [Independent Senator]
8.Sen. Anita Haynes [Opposition Senator]
9.Sen. Sophia Chote, SC [Independent Senator]
10.Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
15 Jun 2020
President of the Republic
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