The government’s plan to create a massive database which would store emails and information on website visits, looks as if it may not be going ahead.
However, this does not mean that the Communications Data Bill is going away, but the method of storage is changing.
The data will be stored by ISPs and telecoms companies for up to a year and it is going to cost £2 billion over a ten year period.
The government is currently being investigated by the EU over deep packet inspection, and this has to have an effect on this database too.
The main problem for internet users is who has the authority to view the data.
Most people would expect the police and other agencies involved in security to have access, but in the past there was talk of the NHS, DSS, the Post Office and local authorities gaining access to the database too.