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Details of internet use in the UK will have to be stored for a year to allow police and intelligence services to access it, under government plans.
Records will include people's activity on social network sites, webmail, internet phone calls and online gaming.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the change was needed to keep up with how criminals were using new technology.
The purpose of this Bill, therefore, is to protect the public and bring offenders to justice by
ensuring that communications data is available to the police and security and intelligence
agencies in future as it has been in the past. I recognise that these proposals raise
important issues around personal privacy
Subsection (1) of this clause requires telecommunications operators to retain the
communications data they hold under Part 1 for up to a maximum of 12 months from the date
of the communication concerned.
This clause provides for the destruction of communications data at the end of the
period of retention, or when the data is no longer required for the purposes of legal
proceedings or otherwise authorised by law. The data must be destroyed in such a way that it
can never be retrieved. The deletion of data must take place within a month of the end of the
Originally posted by closettrekkie
I never do anything on the internet that could potentially be considered a crime or unscrupulous.