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Revised Data Regulation Proposals Unveiled

eGov monitor

11 March 2003

The Home Office has announced today fresh proposals governing access by public bodies to the personal communications records of members of the public.

The new plans, published in a consultation document, reflect what the Department described as a "fundamental rethink" of its original proposals which met widespread condemnation from civil liberties groups last year.

The Department said the revised proposals struck a "better balance between the privacy of the citizen and the need to investigate crime and protect the public".

The consulation document contains plans to reduce drastically the number of public authorities allowed to access the full range of communications data and to apply a range of additional restrictions and safeguards to the remainder.

Interested parties have until 3 June 2003 to respond to the proposals

Access to Communications Data - Respecting Privacy and Protecting the Public from Crime (PDF 1216K)

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