European Data Protection Digest

Bill Would Mean More Access to Communications

PRIVACY LAW—UK

August 2, 2012

The draft Communications and Data Bill, currently in Parliament, would see the UK adopt standards set by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (Etsi), allowing for increased interception of online data, reports The Guardian. While a home office spokeswoman says it is “simply untrue to suggest we would be able to collect the content of communications data,” privacy and civil rights groups view the move as a stepping stone toward interception. The report states that the Etsi standards were not disclosed to the committee established to review the bill, adding to their skepticism.
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