Internet Costs Police Thousands

The chairman of Derbyshire’s Police Federation has called for phone and internet firms to rethink how much they charge police to access their networks.

Derbyshire Police paid out almost £104,000 in the past financial year to check records during investigations.

The companies said they were only recovering costs and charges were agreed with police in advance.

But Insp Mark Pickard, who has led the federation since February, is calling for a more charitable approach.

Mobile phone and internet records have become increasingly central to police investigations over the past decade.

But phone companies and internet service providers said the cost of making information available to forces was “significant”.

According to the phone companies they cost recover an agreed fee from the police depending on the nature of the enquiry. These fees only cover costs and this is supported by legislation under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

The Home Office said it was satisfied with its current guidance which requires companies to prove their charges are appropriate.

Perhaps the police should recover the costs of an investigation against the guilty party or would that infringe on his/hers human rights?


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