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Graham: “Important Data Protection Principles at Stake”

DATA RETENTION—UK

October 17, 2012

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham told a committee of MPs recently that the draft Communications Bill, currently in front of Parliament, may miss its intended mark and instead uncover “incompetent and accidental anarchists” rather than the “really scary people,” reports BBC News. The bill would see Internet service providers (ISPs) required to store communications data for at least one year, but Graham says it may only apply to the six largest companies, adding, there are “important data protection principles at stake. There is a judgment to be made between the security community saying 'we have to have this stuff' and the civil liberties community, which says this is a gross intrusion of privacy and of citizens' rights."
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