European Data Protection Digest

Twitter Warns Against Communications Bill

PRIVACY LAW—UK

September 13, 2012

In its submission to the joint Commons and Lords committee on the draft communications bill, Twitter warned that government plans to require Internet service providers to retain communications data for one year may open the government up to privacy lawsuits, reports The Guardian. "We would be interested to understand what consideration was given to issues of proportionality in the drafting of this provision as well as some cross-jurisdictional challenges which may arise,” the submission reads, noting the plan would likely “result in the collection and retention of data on users who are outside of the United Kingdom.” Authorities say greater retention is needed for counter-terrorism efforts and other criminal investigations.
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