September 22, 2005
European Commission Proposes Increased Surveillance
From PCPro.co.uk: "The European Commission has accepted proposals to log details of all telephone, email and Internet traffic in an attempt to combat terrorism and serious crime.
The proposals, which are designed to harmonise data retention practices across the EU, will need the backing of all 25 member states. However some states believe they have been watered down in response to pressure from telecommunications firms and civil rights groups.
Under the EC proposals telecoms operators will be required to store data for one year and ISPs to retain it for six months. In the wake of the Madrid bombings, the EU's Council of Ministers had originally called for a three year retention period...Home Secretary Charles Clarke stressed the importance of a common approach. 'Getting some kind of uniformity across Europe is important because this is such an important technique in how we solve serious crimes and in dealing with counter-terrorism,' he said." Story... [Mark Godsey]
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