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Communications data codes of practice: acquisition, disclosure and retention

Summary

  • Consultation on the updated acquisition and disclosure of communications data code of practice and the new retention of communications data code of practice.
  • Respond by 20 January 2015.

Original Author: Home Office
Original Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/communications-data-codes-of-practice-acquisition-disclosure-and-retention

Content

This is a consultation on 2 draft codes of practice.

The first is an updated acquisition and disclosure of communications data code of practice pursuant to section 71 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

The second is a new retention of communications data code of practice pursuant to regulation 10 of the Data Retention Regulations 2014 and section 71 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

The draft codes of practice set out the processes and safeguards governing the retention of communications data by communications service providers and its acquisition by public authorities, including law enforcement agencies. They are intended to provide clarity, and incorporate best practice, on the use of the relevant powers, ensuring the highest standards of professionalism and compliance in this important aspect of law enforcement.

The consultation seeks views on the additional consideration that must be given to communications data requests relating to those in professions which handle confidential information (such as journalists). The consultation also contains a document setting out how the retention code of practice would take into account provisions contained in the Counter-terrorism and Security Bill.

How to respond

Representations should be sent to the below email address and must be received no later than 20 January 2015.

commsdata@homeoffice.x.gsi.gov.uk