The Draft Communications Bill, also known as the “snooper’s charter” has been moved to the forefront of the Conservative’s political agenda following the results of this month’s General Election. The Bill, which was originally announced in 2012, received widespread criticism and was blocked previously by the Liberal Democrats. 

The Bill is expected to require internet service providers and mobile operators to log more information on their customers, including the identity of the sender and recipient of the message, time of sending and geographical location. The Bill is also expected to expand existing data retention requirements and grants access to law enforcement agencies in order to assist with the collection of intelligence regarding crime and terrorism.

Draft Communications Data Bill