Intelligence and security agencies / interception / Personal data / Surveillance / terrorism

Bulk Personal Datasets and the ‘Spectre’ of Pervasive Surveillance Concerns Back in the Spotlight with the Investigatory Powers Bill

Are proposals to introduce oversights over state powers to obtain, analyse, and retain mass sets of personal details sufficient to alleviate concerns where they include data about individuals unconnected to investigations? Much has been written about the UK government’s proposed new Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) since it was published for consultation by the Home Office, … Continue reading

Data retention / Intelligence and security agencies

Updated communications data codes of practice come into effect in the UK

Legal framework for managing the processes around mandatory communications data regime formally enhanced Secondary legislation (the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data: Code of Practice) Order 2015 (SI 2015/927) and the Retention of Communications Data (Code of Practice) Order 2015 (SI 2015/926)) was enacted at the end of March, bringing into … Continue reading

Data retention / Human rights

Joint Human Rights Committee issues report scrutinising expansion by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill of UK data retention powers under the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014

Big Brother’s ‘Little Brother’ revision law also goes beyond what is strictly necessary from a human rights perspective, warns Committee The UK Joint Human Rights Committee has expressed doubts as to whether proposed data retention powers in the Counter-Terrorism and Security (CTS) Bill satisfy the requirements of the CJEU’s 2014 Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) decision … Continue reading

Data retention / Internet intermediaries / Surveillance

Home Office consults on proposals to update communications data codes of practice in the UK

Legal framework for mandatory communications data regime continues to evolve The UK Home Office has launched a consultation on plans to update the acquisition and disclosure of communications data code of practice and introduce a new retention of communications data code of practice. Both documents are provided in draft form. The former code sets out … Continue reading

Access to data / Data retention / Internet intermediaries / Law enforcement / Surveillance

Could the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill really change things for online service providers?

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) was introduced in the House of Commons on 26 November 2014 as a way to “address the capabilities gap the authorities face when it comes to communications data” says Theresa May. In particular, the aim is to “require internet providers to retain Internet Protocol – or IP – address … Continue reading