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Any regime for communications data needs to be practical and dynamic with robust safeguards

21 Dec 2016

As the European Court of Justice rules on the legal challenge against UK rules on the retention of data, NPCC says police will work within any authorisation and oversight regime deemed appropriate by Parliament and courts of law.  However, it is important that regime can deal effectively with the volume and urgency of our cases.

National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Communications Data, Assistant Chief Constable Richard Berry said:

“We need the ability to make specific, necessary and proportionate requests for communications data to trace missing people and prevent and investigate crime- from burglary and domestic abuse to human trafficking and terrorism.

“We will work within any authorisation and oversight regime deemed appropriate by Parliament and courts of law.  But it is important for us to have a regime that is practical and dynamic enough to be able to respond to the volume and c  Any changes that impede our ability to access data quickly with appropriate safeguards will undermine our ability to keep people safe.”