Robert Walter

Former Conservative MP for North Dorset

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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Robert Walter generally voted for requiring the mass retention of information about communications

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Major votes

  • On 15 Jul 2014: Robert Walter 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: Robert Walter 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: Robert Walter 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 17 Mar 2009: Robert Walter voted against requiring public communications providers retain certain categories of communications data, which they generate or process, for a minimum period of 12 months. Show vote

Minor votes

  • On 15 Jul 2014: Robert Walter voted for a fast-track process, involving MPs completing all commons stages in a single day, for consideration of a new law on the retention of, and access to, communications data and on the interception of communications. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Robert Walter was absent for a vote on Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill — New Clause 5 — Act To Have Effect Despite European Union Treaties Show vote

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