UK data retention law makes little difference to telcos, says trade body

UK telecoms firms must keep phone call logs for a year under legislation which comes into force on 1 October. But an industry trade association said the new rules will make “little practical difference” to telecoms providers that already store such data for billing purposes.The Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2007 are intended to ensure that security services have a reliable log of mobile and fixed-line phone calls to be used in investigations. They are also designed to ensure a uniform approach across the industry.

The new rules do not apply to internet activity, so details of websites visited, emails sent and received and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone calls need not be kept. That will change, though. The Directive requires that member states extend their retention rules to internet data by 15th March 2009. see:

UK Data Encryption Disclosure Law Takes Effect [IDG]

British law enforcement gained new powers on Monday to compel individuals and businesses to decrypt data wanted by authorities for investigations.The measure is in the third part of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), legislation passed in 2000 by the U.K. Parliament to give law enforcement new investigation powers with respect to evolving communication technologies.,137881-page,1/article.html;470070603;fp;2;fpid;1

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