Draft Communications Bill Published

June 13, 2012

The draft Bill and the various introductory documents, such as the Home Secreatry’s introduction and explanatory notes, are available here

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued the following statement in response to the publication of the Communications Data Bill.

‘Ultimately, it is for Parliament to determine whether or not the proposals contained in the draft Bill are a proportionate response to the perceived problem of communications data capability. The Information Commissioner will contribute to the Joint Committee’s consideration of the draft Bill and, in particular, the adequacy of the proposed safeguards and limitations. If the Information Commissioner is to be in a position to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act, in respect of security of retained personal information and its destruction after 12 months, the ICO will need appropriately enhanced powers and the necessary additional resources.’ 

Informed comment is invited from SCL members. Please either complete the comments section or e-mail lseastham@aol.com.