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Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will delay the rollout of interception-based online advertising until its compatibility with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 has been established. [HL2157]

The Government strongly support the use of technology that supports and enhances the privacy of users' data. Both the Information Commissioner and the Home Office have offered comments to internet users and internet service providers (ISPs) on aspects of new services providing targeted advertising.

Online advertising technology providers will have to be able to satisfy the appropriate regulatory authorities, in this case the Information Commissioner's Office, whenever such technology is in a position to be commercially offered to users. One of the criteria will be to establish the technology's adherence to the conditions laid down in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.