Matters to be taken into account before giving retention notices

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 4:15 pm ar 19 Ebrill 2016.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General 4:15, 19 Ebrill 2016

I am grateful for the way in which the hon. and learned Gentleman states his case. To put it extremely simply, we would argue that the public interest in the protection of privacy and in the integrity of personal data are already factored in by the provisions of the Bill.

First, proportionality must include consideration of the protection of privacy. Secondly, the integrity of personal data being such an important public interest is why clause 81 requires any retained communications data to be of at least the same integrity as the business data from which they are derived. A retention notice will therefore not be permitted to do anything that would undermine the integrity of the data that the operator already holds for business purposes. That is all I want to say about the matter, but I assure hon. and learned Gentleman that those important considerations are at the heart of the processes we have followed.