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Working the Enquiry: RIPA: Acquisition of Communications Data - RIPA Part I Chapter II section 21

Communications data is defined under three headings in RIPA 2000/S21.

  • Any data created by a Communications Service Provider (CSP), or which can be caused to be created by a CSP, concerning the delivery of a communication from sender to intended recipient, including data associated with intermediate points. In the Act this is defined in S21(4)(a) and is referred to as ‘Traffic Data’.
  • Any data created by a person’s use of a communications network, which is defined in S21(4)(b) of the Act and is referred to as ‘service data’.
  • Any data held by a CSP in relation to any person they provide a communications service too. In the Act this is defined in S21(4)(c) and is referred to as ‘any other data’.

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