European Data Protection Digest

Minister, Committee Critical of Draft Communications Bill

PRIVACY LAW—UK

December 13, 2012

The draft Communications Bill needs revisions, according to Security Minister James Brokenshire. A joint committee evaluating the draft bill warned that its security provisions could “trample over privacy,” The Telegraph reports. The bill would require mobile phone and Internet companies to keep data on consumer activities for up to one year and would give law enforcement agencies the ability to view message time stamps and recipients, though would not grant the agencies the ability to read the messages.
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