MPs come out against net data retention

The BBC reports that the All Party Internet Group (APIG) have come out against plans to make ISP’s maintain long-term records of users’ email and web habits.

The APIG suggest that the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act (ATCS), which contains these requirements, wasn’t properly thought out and appeared to be a knee-jerk to the 9/11 attacks in the US. Not only this, but the legislation would result in crippling costs on ISP’s and had received a decidedly lukewarm reception from the public when plans to make data available to third parties were revealed.

The full report is available for download from the APIG website here (pdf). I haven’t read it yet, but thought the report deserved a quick blog. However, the devil is in the details, so we’ll have to see what it says. It certainly sounds like good news though.