Euro MPs limit data retention legislation

Members of the European Parliament's civil liberties committee have voted to limit to 12 months the maximum period for which telephone companies and ISPs should store call data logs.

Members of the European Parliament's civil liberties committee have voted to limit to 12 months the maximum period for which telephone companies and ISPs should store call data logs.

 

The new rules are designed to help law enforcement agencies track terrorist suspects, but could put the committee at odds with European Union governments, who have been pushing for the data to be kept for up to two years for telephone calls and up to six months for internet data.

 

The draft legislation will now go back to the Council of Ministers, made up of representatives from the EU governments, for them to make further changes, with a compromise on the final legislation the most likely outcome.

 

The committee also wants data retention requirements to apply only to cases of serious crime rather than all crimes, as EU governments had wanted, and wants national governments to reimburse telephone and internet companies for the costs of storing the data and making it available to law enforcement agencies.

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