Monday 8 November 2010

The Government’s cunning plan for communications data retention

The Government has just unveiled its latest cunning plan for the retention of communications data, and the details are now available on the internet, for all to see.

In all their glory. Truly, this must be transparency of the highest order. I think the Government's intention is that Government Departments can then be held accountable for achieving outputs that accord with their published plans.

What is the plan? Well, to cut to the chase, have a look at section 5.3 of the Home Office’s business plan. Please note that it will be refreshed annually, so some of the details that are about to be unveiled in this blog may be subject to change.

Section 5.3 is entitled End the storage of internet and email records without good reason.

That’s a promising start.

The Home Office has announced that it has already started its initiative to develop and publish proposals for the storage and acquisition of internet and e-mail records, and this piece of work will end next month. So, this presumably means we will see some proposals published next month.

The Home Office will then implement key proposals, including introducing legislation if necessary, and it will start to do this next month and it will complete the work in June 2015.

That’s just before the next General Election.

No more details are publicly available. So I've saved you the trouble of having to look through the business plan for yourself.