Some of our team, as members of the Society of Computers and Law, argued in the SCL’s response to the Home Office consultation on the Data Retention Regulations that the Home Office had not made out a coherent case for the introduction of a 12 month data retention period for all communications data. Why 12 months, when the Data Retention Directive allowed for anything up to 24 months, for example?
We had a number of other issues, including about the continuing problems concerning access to any retained data, but none of them were addressed by the Home Office. Liberty had similar concerns.
It’s all too late now. In the current climate, anything done in the name of “national security” goes through. The final regulations were made on 2 April and come into force on 6 April.