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Communication Service Providers

Question for Home Office

UIN HL11149, tabled on 7 December 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government which communications service providers charge for information requests, such as IP addresses, from the UK police and law enforcement agencies for use in criminal investigations, and whether these include (1) Facebook, (2) Twitter, (3) Google, (4) TikTok, and (5) Parler.

Answered on

22 December 2020

It would be operationally and commercially sensitive to discuss the details of any specific company and their support in investigations. The IPA, in Section 249, provides a statutory cost recovery mechanism stating that the Telecommunications Operator should “receive an appropriate contribution in respect of such of their relevant costs” (s249(1)) and that any payment may be “subject to terms and conditions determined by the Secretary of State” (s249(3)).

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