European Data Protection Digest

Gov’t Mulls Proposed Surveillance Bill

PRIVACY LAW—UK

June 14, 2012

BBC News reports on a proposed surveillance bill that would allow police to access detailed data about people’s phone calls, e-mails and Internet usage. Currently, police may access data on when a message was sent and by whom without a warrant. But a draft Communications Bill would allow police to obtain a warrant to access the content of the message, as well. The data stored would include information from social networks, e-mail, voice calls over the Internet and gaming. The Information Commissioner’s Office said it will need “appropriately enhanced powers and the necessary additional resources” to ensure compliance should the bill become law.
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