Number of requests processed
2009 (Apr-Dec only)
The operational directorates of the Home Office obtain communications data for the purpose of preventing and detecting crime as part of immigration and border functions as well as in anti-corruption investigations. In addition, it obtains the data in the interests of public safety and to prevent the escape of lawfully detained persons from the immigration detention estate.
The figures for 2000 to 2008 represent the total number of communications data applications per year, rather than those that were
approved, resulting in requests for communications data being made. Some of these applications were ultimately withdrawn, rejected by the designated person or cancelled before the data was acquired from the service provider. Figures for 2009 are only available for April to December of that year.
Figures from 2010 to 2013 represent the number of communications data items that were applied for, authorised and obtained from service providers.