Communications Capabilities Development Programme

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The Communications Capabilities Development Programme (CCDP) is a UK government initiative to extend the government's capabilities for lawful interception and storage of communications data.[1] It would involve the logging of every telephone call, email and text message between every inhabitant of the UK,[2][3] (but would not record the actual content of these emails)[3] and is intended to extend beyond the realms of conventional telecommunications media to log communications within social networking platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.[4]

It is an initiative of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism at the Home Office, whose Director is Tom Hurd. The office pursued a very similar initiative under the last Labour government, called the Interception Modernisation Programme,[2][5] which after apparently being cancelled, was revived by the Liberal-Conservative coalition government in their 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.[6]

The effort to develop it will be led by a new government organisation, the Communications Capabilities Directorate.[7][4] In March 2010, it was reported that the Communications Capabilities Directorate had spent over £14m in a single month on set-up costs.[8]

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  1. ^ Steve McCaskill (20 February 2012). "UK Government To Demand Data On Every Call And Email". TechWeek Europe.
  2. ^ a b Stewart Mitchell (20 February 2012). "Anger over mass web surveillance plans". PC Pro. Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b David Barrett (18 February 2012). "Phone and email records to be stored in new spy plan". Daily Telegraph.
  4. ^ a b Tom Espiner (20 February 2012). "ISPs kept in dark about UK's plans to intercept Twitter". ZDNet.
  5. ^ John Oates (13 July 2011). "Coalition renames GCHQ internet spook-tech plans". The Register.
  6. ^ Alan Deane (20 October 2010). "A U-turn on reversing the surveillance state". New Statesman.
  7. ^ Tom Espiner (29 January 2010). "Home Office presses ahead with web interception". ZDNet.
  8. ^ Tom Espiner (5 March 2010). "Web intercept group has spent £14m since January". ZDNet.

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