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Opinion: Wisdom of Retention Laws Remains To Be Seen

PRIVACY LAW—EU

April 6, 2011

Following the announcement that approximately 20 Internet companies, including Google and Facebook, are filing a complaint with the State Council of France contesting a decree that requires them to keep user data for a full year, Silicon Republic examines issues around data retention in the EU. Ireland, the report points out, requires ISPs and telcos to retain user data for two years. "The wisdom of the passing of such laws--whether enlightened or draconian--will be telling in the months and years ahead," John Kennedy writes, adding, "Let's hope the system is not open to abuse or invasion of privacy."
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