Lower House Passes Data Retention Bill
PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRIAApril 29, 2011
The lower house of the Austrian parliament has passed a measure endorsing the storage of private phone call and e-mail data, Deutsche Welle reports, and the upper house is expected to soon pass it into law. Data will be stored for six months under the measure, which the European Commission adopted in 2006. The information will be available to investigators and public prosecutors in criminal procedures. A spokesman for an Austrian organization that opposes data retention said he's "very concerned" and that the "risk is that the data retained will not only be used for finding terrorists...but will be used against normal people."