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)IMP or CCDP? Who cares, it's still storing your data
by Lachlan Urquhart on February 22, 2012 | Be the first to comment
Filed Under: Data loss, Law & order
With a new moniker and tweaked scope, another version of the Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) is making its way back on to the UK's legislative agenda.
Dropping the IMP tag, it's now the slightly less ominous sounding Communications Capabilities Development Programme (CCDP).
This programme's resurgence might come as a surprise. When the Labour party was in power and pushing the IMP, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were rightfully very critical of it, terming it "reckless".
When the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition was formed in May 2010 and assumed power, one of the commitments they made was:
We will end the storage of internet and email records without good reason.
This promise didn't last long, and the wheels were officially set in motion back in October 2010 when a programme was added to the Strategic Defence and Security Review to:
Preserve the ability of the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies to obtain communication data and to intercept communications.
So perhaps the British government has made big changes? Maybe this new programme is different? Unfortunately not, according to Jim Killock, Executive Director at the Open Rights Group:
The potential for scope creep highlights the disproportionate use of mass surveillance techniques.
Storing everyone's communications data "just in-case" it comes in useful for an investigation is an inefficient and unjustifiable approach.