Traffic Data – RIPA

“Traffic” data, for the purposes of data interception and retention is defined in RIPA:

(i) any data identifying, or purporting to identify, any person, apparatus or location to or from which the communication is or may be transmitted.

(ii) any data identifying or selecting, or purporting to identify or select, apparatus through which, or by means of which, the communication is or may be transmitted.

(iii) any data comprising signals for the actuation of apparatus used for the purposes of a telecommunication system for effecting (in whole or in part) the transmission of any communication.

(iv) any data identifying the data or other data as data comprised in or attached to a particular communication, but that expression includes data identifying a computer file or computer program access to which is obtained, or which is run, by means of the communication to the extent only that the file or program is identified by reference to the apparatus in which it is stored.

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2 Responses to “Traffic Data – RIPA”

  1. Data Retention: Email, Email Monitoring and ISPs « Data - Where is it? Says:

    […] address it was sent from, how it was sent (Thunderbird, Outlook). This information is known as “traffic” […]

  2. JW Says:

    I’m curious as to whether the entire email header is included under traffic data for these purposes under EU directive 2006/24/EC (or the UK’s implementation of that).

    It seems, naively, from reading the above that the subject line should not be included, but I can’t seem to find the answer stated explicitly anywhere. On the other hand, it seems to be implied in many places that the entire header is considered traffic data.

    Is there a definitive answer to this? (Preferably with a reference!)


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