The UK Home Office “does not monitor internet traffic” – but it did spend £9.2 million between 2007-2009 to “sponsor systems to enable communications service providers to store communications data that they are required to retain under the European Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC” (EDRD).
For more details, including figures for the Home Office spend between 2004 to 2009 on ISP systems to store communications data which they retain voluntarily under the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001 (ATCSA) code of practice on data retention, see the Home Office’s written answers to questions by Willie Rennie on Home Office monitoring of internet traffic.
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