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Communications Data

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (a) processing capacity, (b) energy, and (c) storage capacity that would be required to implement the collection and storage by communications service providers of third party data crossing their networks, as proposed in the consultation on Protecting the Public in a Changing Communications Environment. [HL3422]

Analysis has been undertaken of the processing capacity, energy requirements and storage capacity of the options set out in the consultation on Protecting the Public in a Changing Communications Environment. Making this analysis public would allow criminals and terrorists to understand better the current and possible future capability available to the UK's law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies to obtain communications data in support of their statutory functions.