Although the additional powers sought do not seem excessive, the House may be concerned that this appears to step back from the Home Office consultation document “Access to communications data – respecting privacy and protecting the public” issued in March 2003. At the beginning of Chapter 3 this document listed the provisions of section 22(2) of RIPA, and then stated explicitly that the Government did not intend to add any further purposes to this list.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Lords look at new RIPA powers
The House of Lords Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee has been looking at Home Office plans to give new authorities access to communications data for new purposes under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (thanks, Simon!):