Author Gary Hibberd
Emergency Data Law
A cabinet meeting will look to approve an emergency data law today. It will allow police and security services to continue to access people’s phone and internet records. We have reviewed in many a blog here that our communications are far from private. Maybe we are all becoming numb to the fact that we do not have any privacy.
David Cameron says the Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill is needed to fight “criminals and terrorists”.
You may or may not agree with civil liberties groups that say it infringes the right to privacy. Does it set a dangerous precedent?
Why do we need an Emergency Data law?
It comes after the European Court of Justice struck down existing powers.
An EU directive requiring phone and internet companies to retain communications data – when and who their customers called, texted and emailed but not what was said – for a 12 month period was ruled unlawful in April by the European Court.
Without a new law being passed in the UK to retain the powers, Mr Cameron claims that that information could be destroyed within weeks by companies fearing legal challenges, meaning police and the security services will not be able to access it.
An interesting law that lays out the powers for investigation is the 2000 Act . Always worth a read to keep you up at night.
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
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