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Stephen Timms

MP, East Ham

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East Ham Labour

Mass Retention of Communications Data

There have been votes in Parliament on if we should require the mass retention of information about communications (but not the content of those communications).

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Stephen Timms almost always voted for requiring the mass retention of information about communications

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about requiring the mass retention of information about communications:

  • On 17 Mar 2009: Stephen Timms voted to require public communications providers retain certain categories of communications data, which they generate or process, for a minimum period of 12 months. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Stephen Timms was absent for a vote on Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill — Fast-Track Timetable — House of Commons Stages in Single Day Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Stephen Timms voted in favour of requiring the mass retention of information about communications, (but not the content of those communications); in favour of arrangements to limit access to such information; in favour of requiring those based outside of the UK to comply with warrants to intercept the content of communications and to state operators of internet-based services may be required enact such intercepts; and also in favour of limiting the use of intercepts, and police access to communications data, on economic grounds to cases involving the interests of national security. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Stephen Timms voted against the provisions of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill only remaining in force until the end of 2014, rather than until the end of 2016. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Stephen Timms voted not to ensure the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill takes effect regardless of European Union treaties making the UK subject to European Union law and courts. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Stephen Timms voted in favour of requiring the mass retention of information about communications, (but not the content of those communications); in favour of arrangements to limit access to such information; in favour of requiring those based outside of the UK to comply with warrants to intercept the content of communications and to state operators of internet-based services may be required enact such intercepts; in favour of limiting the use of intercepts, and police access to communications data, on economic grounds to cases involving the interests of national security; and also in favour of more frequent reports from the Interception of Communications Commissioner and for the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation to review the operation and regulation of investigatory powers by May 2015. Show vote
  • On 7 Jun 2016: Stephen Timms was absent for a vote on Investigatory Powers Bill — Clause 78 — Powers to Require Retention of Information on People's Internet Use Show vote
  • On 7 Jun 2016: Stephen Timms voted to allow the bulk interception of communications, equipment interference, and the retention and examination of bulk personal datasets, subject to certain safeguards. Show vote

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