http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06373Communications Data: The draft Bill and recent developments - Commons Library Standard Note
Published 10 May 2013 | Standard notes SN06373
Authors: Alexander Horne
Topic: Human rights, Intelligence services, Privacy
The draft Communications Data Bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech in 2012 and it was published on 14 June 2012. The Bill was subject to pre-legislative scrutiny and some aspects of the Government’s proposals were criticised. The Bill was frequently referred to by critics as a “snooper’s charter” and it was not taken forward in the 2012-13 session. New Government proposals on cybercrime were foreshadowed in the 2013 Queen’s Speech, but these appear to be more limited than the plans set out in the draft Bill.
The draft Communications Data Bill was scrutinised by a Joint Committee of both Houses of Parliament (the Joint Committee), and was also considered by the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) and the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC).
Two previous Standard Notes, setting out the background to this draft Bill, are still available but are not being updated:
Internet Surveillance (Standard note SN06304)
Interception of Communications (Standard notes SN06332)
Download the full report: http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06373.pdf