Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3194
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Under the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 the Metropolitan Police can obtain individuals' email records as well as their telecommunication data. Please could you list the categories of crime where you would not support the police's use of these powers?

Answer

Answer for Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act

Answer for Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act

Answered By: 
The Mayor

RIPA allows law enforcement, a range of public authorities and agencies, to acquire communications data. The act and its associated code of practice provides strict rules concerning who can obtain communications data and the circumstances in which they can access data retained by the CSPs.

DRIPA mandates the periods that CSPs must retain communications data. It places a legal requirement on CSPs to retain certain data types and mandates the periods they are retained for. DRIPA does not allow any additional categories of data to be retained other than those detailed in RIPA.

Law enforcement, public authorities and agencies are not permitted to obtain the content of e-mails under RIPA. They are only permitted to obtain communications data.

Please also see my answer to MQ 3193/ 2014.