Terrorism Act 2000

See also Terrorism Act 2006

Terrorism Act 2000

Definition of terrorism

Computer breaches and misuse such as Denial of Service attacks can fall within the definition of terrorism, as this includes an action which "is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system".[1]

Copying of data from phones and laptops

Schedule 7 of the Act is interpreted as giving officers at port and border control the right to download the contents of phones, laptops, etc with no need for prior suspicion, and to demand passwords for access.[2] (This is separate from the RIPA III requirements.)

This is covered in the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation's 2012 report [3] (Section 10.65 - 10.80).