General Article Communications Data Bill survey

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  • 50% of the public believe that the Government’s draft Communications Data Bill is poor value for money. The Bill, which is currently being assessed by Parliament, would require companies to store details of UK Internet use for a year to be accessed by police and intelligence services. This includes details on who sends and receives messages on social media sites, the websites they visit and who they email but it does not include the content of the messages.
  • The Bill would be funded by public expenditure and is estimated to cost around £1.8 billion over ten years from 2012. Only one in eight people (12%) say the Bill is good value for money.


Insecurity of data

At present, the Bill proposes to give access of the data to the police, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, the intelligence agencies and HM Revenue and Customs, with the potential to extend these powers to other bodies. Almost three-quarters (71%) of Britons say they do not trust that the data about Internet use ...

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