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Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations

Volume 710: debated on Thursday 7 May 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government why they chose to transpose the European Union data retention directive into United Kingdom law by means of a statutory instrument rather than by primary legislation. [HL2943]

The European directive aims to harmonise data retention within communication companies across Europe and therefore transposition into UK law using the European Communities Act is an appropriate mechanism.