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The extent to which information obtained from unauthorised interception ofcommunicationsmade by means of a public telecommunications system can beused as evidence in court isto be argued over before the Law Lords. Theyhave granted leave for an appeal in the caseof Stephen Morgans, convictedof unauthorised access to a computer system. The High Courtlater quashedhis conviction but the House of Lords has been given leave toquestioninterpretation of sections 1 and 9 of the Interception of CommunicationsAct1985. The Law Lords will be asked to decide if, on their trueconstruction, the twosections prohibit use in court or at tribunal ofevidence of such communications in theabsence of a warrant issued underthe act.
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