http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/375697/snoo ... microscopeSnooping bill put under the parliamentary microscope
By Nicole Kobie
Posted on 5 Jul 2012 at 16:57A parliamentary committee has kicked off its inquiry into the Communications Data Bill, calling the proposal to collect message data "controversial".
Last month, the Home Office detailed the Communications Data Bill, which will require online message data such as email headers and file transfers to be collected and stored, ready to be handed to policing and security authorities upon request.
The joint committee - made up of Lords and MPs - is asking for public feedback on many aspects of the bill including its £1.8bn cost, whether it intrudes too much on personal privacy, and the technical feasibility of the proposal.
Any interested organisation or individual can submit evidence, and the full details of how to take part in the consultation are available online. The deadline is 23 August.