Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006

The Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 consolidates enactments about wireless telegraphy. It has brought together into a single statute the legislation under which Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator manages the radio spectrum.

Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 replaces six separate Acts of Parliament.

The Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 makes no changes to the law except to remedy a small number of minor anomalies. Existing wireless telegraphy licences and regulations continue to be valid.

Interception and disclosure of messages

The Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 section 48 makes it a summary offence for a person to use wireless telegraphy apparatus with intent to obtain or disclose information as to the contents of a message without authorization. See Stones 8.30112P.

The prosecution must prove use, which imputes some form of utilization or employment of the apparatus over and above mere possession. Evidence of switching on or tuning to unauthorized frequencies assists in proving use.

Supervision and enforcement

  • Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS)
  • Ofcom


Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006