European Data Protection Digest

Organisations Call for End to Telecom Data Retention

DATA RETENTION—GERMANY

April 23, 2010

More than 40 organisations have sent a letter asking the German Federal Minister of Justice to push for the "abolition of EU telecommunications data retention requirements," EDRI-gram reports. Current regulations require phone and Internet companies to collect data about their customers' communications, creating risks for data leaks and abuses, the letter says. "The EU-wide requirement to retain the entire population's communications data...is outdated," says a spokesman for the German Working Group on Data Retention. "The EU regulations must now be made more flexible to allow for alternative procedures that work more intelligently than an untargeted stockpiling of data."
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