The United Kingdom government announced on 10 July that that it will introduce emergency legislation to retain access to telecommunications data. The government is justifying its decision on the need to fight terrorism. The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill would force mobile and landline providers and ISPs to store details of their customers' phone calls, text messages and emails for a maximum of 12 months.
The UK's information commissioner has called for better funding for the country's data regulator amid a record number of cases. Ahead of the release of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) annual report, Christopher Graham said the body needed "stronger powers".
In the past year, the ICO issued £1.97m in penalties to companies found to breach data protection rules.
The report highlighted a high number of incidents involving local government.