The European Parliament's civil liberties committee has tabled a series of compromise proposals for the retention of communications data to fight terrorism and other serious crime.
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MEPs on the civil liberties committee have proposed that phone and internet data should not be available to the police for more than one year, and only in cases of serious crime.
The Council of Ministers has met resistance in the European Parliament over its plans to allow police to have access to phone records to fight all crime for up to two years, and six months’ access to internet data.
But the proposals from the civil liberties group are still not expected to be acceptable to ministers.
They include the provision of compensating phone companies and ISPs for their compliance, and the suggestion that only successfully connected calls are recorded.
Most national governments represented in the Council of Ministers want to give police a free rein over data requests, with the UK government showing a strong lead on the issue.
EU interior ministers will be meeting on the issue in Brussels next week.