Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014

The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 17 July 2014, after passing through all its parliamentary stages in just 4 days.

The Act is aimed at companies that provide telephone and internet connections, and outlines the legal obligations they will have to retain data on their customers, such as calls made, to whom and at what time.  It does not include the content of such communications.

The Society has a number of concerns regarding the Act, and in particular to the speed at which the Bill was passed, and has raised these issues to all Scottish MPs and Peers.