Telecommunications: Databases

Home Department written question – answered on 28th April 2014.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the consequences for the UK of the decision of the European Court of Justice in Joined Cases C-293/12 and C-594/12 (Digital Rights Ireland and Seitlinger and Others); what implication that decision has for (a) enforcement of the Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009 and (b) her powers to reimburse any expenses incurred by a public communications provider in complying with those Regulations.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

As the Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend Mrs May, stated to the Home Affairs Committee in answer to a question from the hon. Member on 8 April, we are considering the judgment and its implications carefully. The retention of communications data is absolutely fundamental to ensure law enforcement agencies have the powers they need to investigate crime, protect the public and ensure national security.

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