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Queen Details Communications Bill, Promises "Strict Safeguards"

PRIVACY LAW—UK

May 10, 2012

In her speech this week, Queen Elizabeth announced plans to move forward with the draft Communications Data Bill, which would give the government access to citizens' communications data including the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of contacts and the time and duration of communications, reports Out-Law.com. Under the bill, communications service providers would be required to hold data for one year and make it available to authorities "under strict safeguards to protect the public," Her Majesty said. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham noted some "core decisions" related to privacy have not yet been made, saying his role is to "look at the details and suggest where there need to be changes." Privacy advocates are voicing concerns over the bill.
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