Tom Watson

Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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West Bromwich East 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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Tom Watson generally voted against 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: Tom Watson was absent for a vote on Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009 — Retention of Communications Data by Communications Providers Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Tom Watson voted against 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: Tom Watson voted against requiring the mass retention of information about communications, (but not the content of those communications); against arrangements to limit access to such information; against requiring those based outside of the UK to comply with warrants to intercept the content of communications and against stating operators of internet-based services may be required enact such intercepts; and also against 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: Tom Watson voted for the provisions of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill to only remain in force until the end of 2014, rather than until the end of 2016. Show vote
  • On 15 Jul 2014: Tom Watson 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: Tom Watson voted against requiring the mass retention of information about communications, (but not the content of those communications); against arrangements to limit access to such information; against requiring those based outside of the UK to comply with warrants to intercept the content of communications and against stating operators of internet-based services may be required enact such intercepts; against limiting the use of intercepts, and police access to communications data, on economic grounds to cases involving the interests of national security; and also against more frequent reports from the Interception of Communications Commissioner and against the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation reviewing the operation and regulation of investigatory powers by May 2015. Show vote
  • On 7 Jun 2016: Tom Watson 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: Tom Watson 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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