European Data Protection Digest

ISP To Reroute Customer Traffic

DATA RETENTION—SWEDEN

February 4, 2011

Sweden is about to implement the European Data Retention Directive, meaning that soon ISPs and telecom operators will be required to retain certain activity data for six months. But a Swedish Internet service provider says it will reroute its customers' traffic using an ISP-level virtual private network (VPN) in order to skirt the requirements, Softpedia reports. Bahnhof CEO Jon Karlung explained that customer data will be logged in Bahnhof's first server, but after that it will be routed outside of Sweden through the VPN. "Technically, this is a stealth section," Karlung said, "we will store all data up to this point of invisibility."
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