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Covert Human Intelligence Sources receives Royal Assent

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) Act received Royal Assent and became law on 1 March 2020.

The Act provides a clear and consistent statutory basis so that our intelligence and enforcement agencies and public bodies have the right tools to keep us safe. The legislation supports the work of undercover agents in preventing and safeguarding victims from serious crimes, including terrorism, by ensuring they can gain the trust of those under investigation.

Robust independent oversight of the capability is provided by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner.

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