European Data Protection Digest

Committee Seeks Opinions on Communications Bill

PRIVACY LAW—UK

July 12, 2012

The Joint Committee of MPs and Peers has launched a “call for evidence” on a bill that would expand surveillance powers for authorities when it is in the best interests of national security or in order to prevent or detect crime, among other reasons, reports Out-Law.com. The draft Communications Data Bill has seen criticism from civil liberties organisations and ISPs, and Committee Chairman Lord Blencathra said it “wants to ensure that the draft bill will ensure a sufficient balance between an individuals’ privacy and national security. We intend very thoroughly to examine the government’s proposals and hope to hear from interested bodies and organisations…” The call for evidence is open until 23 August.
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