In response to the EU Advocate General, who gave an opinion ahead of a ruling on the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, ISPA Chair James Blessing said the following:

"The Opinion of the Advocate General, whilst non-binding, raises serious questions about UK data retention legislation. It calls into question some aspects of the Investigatory Powers Bill and ISPA therefore calls on the Home Office needs to ensure the legal framework around data retention is fully compliant with the final court judgement. It is vital to give industry certainty on what the rules are, maintain user confidence in online services and avoid another round of lengthy legal proceedings".