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On Friday, I was talking to the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice and we will be communicating within the course of this week. We should be able to hear from them and they have proposed a few amendments to what we had drafted but I am meant to believe that we are moving in the right direction.
“She told me that the few suggestions that were made are based on the modern laws. Like I said life is dynamic, we need to move with the current thinking,” Mr Malupenga said.
He said his ministry had enough room to accommodate progressive ideas.
“We have the national information and media policy review pending and we have the Access to Information Bill and we have several other legislation reviews pending. All these are opportunities to incorporate progressive ideas,” Mr Malupenga said.
He also urged journalist to report professionally because the role of the media in shaping the destiny of the nation could not be over-emphasised.

On Friday, I was talking to the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice and we will be communicating within the course of this week. We should be able to hear from them and they have proposed a few amendments to what we had drafted but I am meant to believe that we are moving in the right direction.
“She told me that the few suggestions that were made are based on the modern laws. Like I said life is dynamic, we need to move with the current thinking,” Mr Malupenga said.
He said his ministry had enough room to accommodate progressive ideas.
“We have the national information and media policy review pending and we have the Access to Information Bill and we have several other legislation reviews pending. All these are opportunities to incorporate progressive ideas,” Mr Malupenga said.
He also urged journalist to report professionally because the role of the media in shaping the destiny of the nation could not be over-emphasised.

Mr Rabbitte said the legislation would make it clear that the public interest would have a higher priority with respect to mergers in the media than in other areas of business.“Diversity of content and diversity of ownership is more important in the media than in other enterprises because it has an impact on the quality of our democracy. I am confident that the Bill will have regard to these principles,” said Mr Rabbitte.He said aspects of the legislation relating to the media would rely heavily on the principles contained in the report of the advisory group on media mergers, which was presented to the former government in 2009.The chairman of this group was senior counsel Paul Sreenan and its recommendations have become known as the “Sreenan principles”. One of those principles is that there should be a statutory definition of media plurality, which would deal with the issues of ownership and content. A statutory test to be applied by the Minister in relation to media mergers will be included in the Bill.Another of the Sreenan principles was that there should be an ongoing collection and publication of information on media plurality as well as a system of notification of media mergers to the Minister for clearance.

Mr Rabbitte said the legislation would make it clear that the public interest would have a higher priority with respect to mergers in the media than in other areas of business.“Diversity of content and diversity of ownership is more important in the media than in other enterprises because it has an impact on the quality of our democracy. I am confident that the Bill will have regard to these principles,” said Mr Rabbitte.He said aspects of the legislation relating to the media would rely heavily on the principles contained in the report of the advisory group on media mergers, which was presented to the former government in 2009.The chairman of this group was senior counsel Paul Sreenan and its recommendations have become known as the “Sreenan principles”. One of those principles is that there should be a statutory definition of media plurality, which would deal with the issues of ownership and content. A statutory test to be applied by the Minister in relation to media mergers will be included in the Bill.Another of the Sreenan principles was that there should be an ongoing collection and publication of information on media plurality as well as a system of notification of media mergers to the Minister for clearance.

3.3 Even if conventional content is separated from other forms of information which have meaning, the expansion of opportunities for authorities to draw inferences about citizens’ intentions or behavior from patterns emerging from electronic traces of their activities is growing exponentially with increases in the volume of the data that citizens generate through their active and passive (e.g. mobile phones being carried from one place to another) use of digital technologies and networks.
3.4 There is no detail in the draft Bill as to what technical algorithms will be used to extract meaning from communications data or what standard of reliability is acceptable. Legislation should set a standard as an acceptable target for performance subject to review in the same way that standards are set for other public services. There need to be agreed target benchmarks against which the proportion of errors can be judged.

Robin Mansell’s evidence on the Draft Communications Data Bill (pdf)