Acquisition of communication data on behalf of overseas authorities paras 7.10 to 7.11
Acquisition of communication data on behalf of overseas authorities
7.10 Whilst the majority of public authorities which obtain communications data under the Act have no need to disclose that data to any authority outside the United Kingdom, there can be occasions when it is necessary, appropriate and lawful to do so in matters of international co-operation.
7.11 There are two methods by which communications data, whether obtained under the Act or not, can be acquired and disclosed to overseas public authorities:
- Judicial co-operation
- Non-judicial co-operation
Neither method compels United Kingdom public authorities to disclose data to overseas authorities. Data can only be disclosed when a United Kingdom public authority is satisfied that it is in the public interest to do so and all relevant conditions imposed by domestic legislation have been fulfilled.
-  This includes public authorities within the Crown Dependencies and the British Overseas Territories.