European Data Protection Digest

Hotels May Face EU ISP Rules

DATA RETENTION—EU

October 15, 2010

New rules in the Netherlands could force hotels to register as ISPs and make them subject to EU data retention laws, PCWorld reports. Dutch telecommunications authority OPTA has said that some hotels offering free WiFi to their guests must register under the Dutch Telecommunications Act. MEP Alexander Alvaro has said he will send a written question to the European Commission in order to verify whether the EU's Data Retention Directive, which requires member states to ensure that communications providers retain enough data to trace and identify the source, destination, date, time and duration of a communication for up to two years, would now apply to hotels.
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