Privacy Advisor

Belgian consumers to pay for privacy-unfriendly data retention measures?

10.01.2009
The Belgian Ministry of Justice has proposed a bill imposing a two-year data retention period for telecom operators and Internet service providers that offer communication services in Belgium. The retention period would serve the investigation, detection, and prosecution of serious crimes, such as organized crime or terrorist activities. Service providers would be required to retain traffic data, such as the sender and receiver’s telephone number or e-mail address, IP numbers, and the date, time, and duration of a communication.

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