European Data Protection Digest

Queen’s Speech: Communications Bill May Return

PRIVACY LAW—UK

May 9, 2013

Publicservice.co.uk reports that this week’s Queen’s Speech has indicated a bill “blocked by Nick Clegg after it was dubbed a 'snoopers' charter' could now return…with Home Office proposals set to give police the power to identify people sending emails and making Skype calls.” The Communications Data Bill, first announced last year, was met with widespread concern over the potential for invasion of privacy. The Queen said this week, “In relation to the problem of matching Internet protocol addresses, my government will bring forward proposals to enable the protection of the public and the investigation of crime in cyberspace.”
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