Under the Broadcasting Ordinance, 'a person shall not in the course of trade or business import, export, manufacture, sell, offer for sale or let for hire an unauthorised decoder'. The maximum penalty is a $1 million fine and five years' jail. The definition of decoder, according to the ordinance, means 'an apparatus, component part of an apparatus, or other component which is designed or adapted to enable an encrypted television programme service to be decoded'. Cable TV companies can only take civil action against users of the TV decoders who hack into transmissions. A spokeswoman of the Office of the Telecommunications Authority said it would conduct operations with the police to crack down on the illegal operators. A spokesman with the Customs and Excise Department said it was against the law for TV decoder users to record programmes on Cable TV and distribute them. But the department was not empowered to take action against sellers and buyers of TV decoders that were just for private use at home.