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Web intercept group has spent £14m since January

Tom Espiner ZDNet UK

Published: 05 Mar 2010 17:47 GMT

A government web interception group has spent £14m since it was established in January.

The Communications Capabilities Directorate (CCD), which the government announced in January, has spent the money on set-up costs.


The CCD was established to bring together two teams of Home Office civil servants working on electronic interception, one of which looked at new technologies such as internet telephony and instant messaging under the government's Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) while the other worked on old technologies such as phone-tapping and email.


Information forensics expert Peter Sommer said on Thursday said that he hoped MPs such as David Davies, who posed the parliamentary question answered by Hanson, would continue to question the government to find out how the money had been spent.

"I hope that politicians continue to question MPs hard about this area," said Sommer. "Has the £14m been spent on consultants at a huge daily rate, or on experiments, and if so, experiments on what?"

Sommer said that this was "an awful lot of money to spend in a short space of time."

The Interception Modernisation Programme has been given a budget of £2bn over ten years.

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