[LINK] EU unveils plan to log all electronic, phone communication
conz at cyber.com.au
Wed Sep 21 22:21:48 EST 2005
The European Commission has adopted proposals to log details of all
telephone, Internet, and e-mail traffic, to combat terrorism and serious
The push for EU-wide data storage came after the Madrid bomb attacks last
year, and intensified after the London bomb attacks in July, when Britain
took over the rotating EU presidency.
The Commission proposes storing data related to mobile and fixed telephone
traffic for a year, to allow the police to trace the time, place, and
Internet data such as e-mails would be kept for six months.
The Commission's text aims to harmonise the current patchwork of data
retention practices across the bloc.
The executive's Vice President Franco Frattini said the harmonisation will
take into account the fundamental rights of security, the protection of
private information, the interests of the police and concerns of industry.
The Commission's proposal will need to be agreed by member states and the
European Parliament, while a rival plan will need unanimous agreement
among the 25 EU governments.
The rival plan proposal envisages storing data between one and three
Some member states fear involving parliament will slow down legislation as
EU lawmakers as seen as being more open to pressure from industry
campaigners and civil liberties groups to water down the proposals.
Mr Frattini committed himself to a speedy process.
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