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Data Retention Legislation Takes Effect

DATA RETENTION—BULGARIA

May 11, 2010

An amendment to Bulgaria's new Electronic Communications Act will take effect Monday, novinite.com reports. The amendment will allow authorities to ask electronic communications providers for traffic data when serious or computer crimes are being investigated. It includes rules for deleting data. Earlier this year, the amendment drew protests, with critics asserting that "Bulgaria is not Big Brother..." The Commission for the Protection of Private Data will present Parliament and the European Commission with annual reports on cases where operators have provided the traffic data to the Interior Minister, the report states.
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