Is the government really talking about recording all your web browsing? Is the European Directive on Data Retention, which the government is using as an example of what it could adopt, really benign? The idea itself certainly seems scary enough to be part of a privacy inquiry.
While there have been concerns that this could amount to recording web browsing history, the government insists that's not on the agenda, and have been pointing to the European Directive on Data Retention as a model.
So what is this directive? Apparently it's somewhat controversial itself. To explain what it's about we speak with Gunther Bloemen, Practice lead for EMEA with Verizon Business in Brussels. Does it enable the recording of your web browsing? It depends on how you look at it.
Given the questions raised by the government's data retention ruminations and recent privacy problems for Facebook and Google, the Senate has launched a privacy inquiry.