Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015

(Redirected from Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill)

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 was fast-track legislation announced by Theresa May MP in November 2014[1] timed to follow the Intelligence and Security Committee report into the murder of Lee Rigby.

Retention of relevant internet data

That act amends the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 to allow the state to require specified communication providers to retain records that would associate a user (or users) with the use of a IP address.

See: IP address matching proposals

Privacy and Civil Liberties Board

The act allows for the creation of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board.


The Act makes participation in the Prevent strategy a duty for schools and universities. This has consequences for filtering and sometimes reporting of online activities.

Lords amendment to include Communications Data Bill

An amendement proposed by Lord King of Bridgwater, Lord Blair of Boughton, Lord West of Spithead, Lord Carlile of Berriew would have incorporated many parts of the Communications Data Bill into this bill. The amendment was withdrawn[2] on 26 January 2015. It was then reintroduced into the list of amendments on 31 January 2015. The amendments were then withdrawn again the following Monday[3]


  • Commons, Second reading, programme motion, 2014-12-02
  • Commons, 1st sitting, 2014-12-09
  • Commons, Committee 2nd Sitting, 2014-12-15
  • Commons, Committee 3rd Sitting 2014-12-16
  • Commons, Third reading, 2015-01-07
  • Lords, Second reading, 2015-01-13



  1. Home Secretary Theresa May on counter-terrorism, GOV.UK, 2014-11-24 "I can therefore confirm, as the Prime Minister first announced this summer, the Government will on Wednesday introduce a new Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill."
  2. Debate, MyParliament, 2015-01-26
  3. Debate, MyParliament, 2015-02-02