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 Post subject: LGA: Draft Communications Data Bill
PostPosted: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:23:50 +0000 
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Draft Communications Data Bill

17th January 2013

The Draft Communications Data Bill outlines government proposals for safeguards around the use of communications data by public bodies. The Bill would replace the framework included within the Regulatory Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) for communications data only. Communications data in this context means billing data from telephone and website use; it does not include the content of any phone call or email.

The Bill proposes to increase the data accessible to law enforcement, national security agencies and other public bodies in order keep pace with technological change. It is not proposed that councils have access to this expanded data set.

The Draft Bill was published with only the police, intelligence agencies and HMRC named on the face of the Bill. The Home Office requested that all other public bodies submit a business case to justify continued access to communications data. The current government position is that councils should not retain access to communications data under this approach.

The LGA has submitted a business case on behalf of councils and FRAs to explain why it is essential that they retain access to this information, including a set of case studies that demonstrate the very real protection these powers provide to the public.

Communications data powers business case (PDF, 5 pages, 130KB) ... upId=10171

Communications data powers case studies (PDF, 4 pages, 333KB) ... upId=10171

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