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Communications Data

Volume 710: debated on Monday 27 April 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what timetable they have set for a consultation on the public authorities able to access communications data under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. [HL2758]

The consultation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 was launched on 17 April 2009. The consultation invites views on which public authorities should be able to access communications data and which public authorities are able to authorise the use of directed surveillance and covert human intelligence sources, the purposes for which authorisations can be sought and whether there should be an increase in the rank of local authority authorising officers. The consultation also includes revised draft codes of practice for “Covert surveillance and property interference”, and “Covert human intelligence sources, CHIS”. The consultation will last for 12 weeks.