UK wants firms to retain communications data

UK wants firms to retain communications data

Summary: European countries are pushing for tougher data retention regulations that would force firms to keep records of phone calls and Web surfing for a year

TOPICS: Storage

Five European countries are pushing the EU to adopt regulations that would force companies to store telephone and Internet data for a year, in a bid to help authorities fight terrorism.

Companies would have to retain information on the Web sites their employees visited and the phone numbers they dial — although not a record of the conversation itself — according to plans set out by German interior minister Otto Schily.

The UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy are urging other member states to join the initiative, according to the Financial Times.

Paul Talbut, chairman of the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe, said the move could have an impact on civil liberties and also on phone companies.

"It throws up issues about common standards on data retention, integrity and security policies," he said. "It does reveal phone companies have not only got to have systems to retrieve [data], but also keep [its] integrity."

The five countries have also agreed to share criminal and DNA data.

Topic: Storage

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  • I was about to say this was a good idea, except it only seems to apply to emplyees, I would like to see it extend to customer service arms of companies.
  • It's a really bad idea. What about some privacy and democracy?
  • Im pretty sure it is actually communication service providers who will be forced into retaining massive volumes of data as opposed to individual firms & their employees 'communication habits.' The whole aim is about fighting terrorism and I would think that al-Qaeda doesnt often operate out of Barclays Bank on Grimsby High Street (you never know...).
    We all want to 'combat terrorism' etc but forcing EU companies to shoulder a burden of storing vast amounts of meaningless data for years is not the best way to go about it.