DRIP - UK Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

Peter Fairbrother zenadsl6186 at zen.co.uk
Sat Jul 12 18:45:41 BST 2014

On 12/07/14 16:54, Peter Fairbrother wrote:
> I don't think he makes enough of the redefinition
> of "communications service"  in clause 5 - which as far as I can see
> includes eg an advertising agency whose service includes creation and
> management of communications (advertisements) to be transmitted by a
> telecomms system:
> Google ads, for that matter.
> Or a web page designer.

Or mailing list archives.

Can anyone think of any more ridiculous but (supposedly-)unintended 
things the clause (below) actually includes?

(Apart from Facebook and Twitter and the like, obviously. And then 
there's the changes to extraterritoriality to consider ...)

-- Peter Fairbrother

5 Meaning of "telecommunications service"
In section 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (meaning 
of "interception" etc), after subsection (8) insert--

(8A) For the purposes of the definition of "telecommunications service" 
in subsection (1), the cases in which a service is to be taken to 
consist in the provision of access to, and of facilities for making use 
of, a telecommunication system include any case where a service consists 
in or includes facilitating the creation, management or storage of 
communications transmitted, or that may be transmitted, by means of such 
a system.

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