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News - 16 July 2014

Emergency Data Collection Laws become law.

 

 
MPs have passed controversial data collection laws after angry exchanges during an extended sitting of the House of Commons.
 
A group of up to 56 MPs stood against the massed ranks of the three main parties after their leaders agreed new legislation was urgently needed.
 
The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill was agreed at third reading by an overwhelming majority of 416, after MPs voted 449 to 33 in favour.
 
Stuart Coleman, Data Protection Officer at ABDS comments:
“The laws will mean internet firms and other companies will be required to store data on "who contacted whom and when" for 12 months. The security services could also listen to phone calls or read emails, although they would need to request a warrant, which would have to be signed off by a secretary of state, to do so.”
 
The plans were supported by the three main parties, but opposed by civil liberties campaigners.
 
Home Secretary Theresa May said the Bill was vital for national security and public safety in the wake of a European Court of Justice Ruling in April.
 
Labour shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper told the Commons that her party would support the "sticking plaster" bill but called for a much wider debate on the balance between safety and civil liberties.
 
But speaking on the way the Bill was rushed through the House of Commons, Veteran Labour MP David Winnick, a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said: "I consider this to be an outright abuse of parliamentary procedure.”
 
The government said it was forced to act after the European court struck down an EU directive in April requiring phone and internet companies to retain communications data on the grounds that it infringed human rights.
 
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