Information Age reports:
The Home Secretary told MPs today that the Communications Capability Development Programme simply maintains the status quo in the face of technological progress
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee today to answer questions on the government’s proposed changes to legislation to allow enforcement agencies track and monitor electronic communciations.
May reiterated that the changes, known as the Communications Capabilities Development Programme, would not allow agencies to access any more of the content of communications than current rules. Currently, law enforcement agencies can only access data such as when telephone calls were made, or who emails were sent to.
Instead, May said, it simply adds to the number of communications channels they can monitor to include social networks and Internet telephony services. She framed this as maintaining the current level of surveillance in the face to technological progress.
“The proposal that we have is very simple,” she told MPs. “It is to ensure that we can maintain the capability that has been in existence for a number of years for the law enforcement agencies to access certain data about communications which enables them to catch criminals and terrorists and others.
Video of Mrs May’s appearance is available via the Parliament TV web site (starts at 13:47:15 – note that the stream can take 1-2 minutes to start).