‘Snoopers charter’ would make networks keep data for a year

‘Snoopers charter’ would make networks keep data for a year

The UK government has revealed details about its Investigatory Powers Bill relating to police access to citizens data.

The new form of the proposed bill will give greater surveillance powers to law enforcement.

In the mobile industry it will be network operators who will be effected the most. In their roles as internet service providers the laws would require them to keep internet connection records for a maximum period of 12 months.

Access to data

The issue of access to data is a controversial topic for the mobile industry. Operators have complained in the past that over-the-top service providers such as Facebook and WhatsApp can offer customers a greater level of privacy because of the nature of the product they deliver.

Speaking at media dinner during Mobile World Congress O2 CEO Ronan Dunne tackled the issue of security and privacy head on.

‘Whether it’s the current investigatory powers bill in the UK or others I think most commentators will recognise there needs to be a balance. We don’t use our customer’s data for any other purpose than to provide the services the look to us for and similarly we don’t sell our customers data to anyone. We may use aggregated anonymised data to do a number of things providing insight type information. Obviously it’s a balance of national interest for security and the privacy of the individual is a balance that has to be struck and struck in every democracy.

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