Communications Data

House of Lords written question – answered at on 4 July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Strasburger Lord Strasburger Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what extra powers they intend to provide to GCHQ under a Communications Data Bill to collect and store internet communications over and above those powers already in use in order to fill the capability gap identified by Home Office witnesses to the Joint Committee which scrutinised the draft Communications Data Bill.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The draft Communications Data Bill published in June 2012 provided for the Secretary of State to oblige individual communications service providers to retain certain communications data for up to 12 months, with access to that data granted to public authorities only on a case by case basis where necessary and proportionate.

Her Majesty's Gracious Speech on 8 May stated: “In relation to the problem of matching internet protocol addresses, my Government will bring forward proposals to enable the protection of the public and the investigation of crime in cyberspace”.

The Government is continuing to look closely at this issue and will bring forward proposals in due course.

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