[NetBehaviour] UK rapped on data retention law.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat Feb 25 13:45:34 CET 2006

UK rapped on data retention law.

By Alfred Hermida
Technology Editor, BBC News website.

Britain's net industry has named the UK presidency of the EU as its 
villain of the year.

The Internet Service Providers' Association (Ispa) singled out the UK 
for its role in pushing for Europe-wide data retention laws.

The laws, requiring telecom operators to store phone and internet data 
to help fight terrorism, received its final go-ahead earlier this week.

Net companies are concerned about the cost of holding and managing the data.

The measures were proposed by the UK after the bomb attacks in London in 
July. It campaigned hard during its six-month presidency of the EU for 
the new legislation, arguing it was necessary to help fight terrorism 
and organised crime. The measures were approved by the European 
Parliament in December and received the green light from justice 
ministers in Brussels on Tuesday.

EU countries will have until August 2007 to implement the data retention 
directive. Under the legislation, internet service providers and 
telecoms operators will have to keep details of their subscribers' 
communications for up to two years. The measures will require firms to 
keep records of all phone calls and internet communications for a period 
of six months to two years, although the content will not be recorded.

The legislation has drawn the ire of industry representatives - as 
service providers will have to bear the costs of the storage themselves.


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