English ISPs condemn 1 year data retention
Industry and human rights campaigners have condemned new data retention
proposals from the UK’s Home Office (Ministry of Internal Affairs).
The draft Statutory Instruments (secondary legislation) would approve
‘voluntary’ retention by Internet Service Providers, but preserve the
power of the Home Secretary to impose a compulsory code. Data on customers
would be retained for up to 12 months, and could be accessed by a large
number of government bodies for many different purposes. While the
‘Snoopers Charter’, that enabled access for almost every
government-related agency was officially withdrawn in June 2002, the new
proposals show no change of heart. In fact, only one of the 24 categories
of bodies that were to be given access to data in 2002 has been dropped
from the Government’s list, while 3 new ones were added.
ISPs are worried about the cost and privacy implications for their
customers. Human rights groups have criticised the regulations as a
draconian invasion of privacy that is unlikely to provide the benefits
claimed by its intelligence agency and law enforcement supporters.
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