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Tragedies Cause Leaders To Revisit Internet Laws

DATA RETENTION—EUROPE

July 28, 2011

After the recent attacks in Norway, information was discovered online that, if found, might have helped to prevent the tragedies. Now, some European leaders are questioning whether stringent data retention laws and more online surveillance could prevent these types of attacks in the future, reports Deutsche Welle. In Germany, conservative leaders are reviving plans to bring back a data retention law requiring telecommunications and Internet companies to store online correspondence and location data for six months--which was recently declared unconstitutional. Meanwhile, Estonian leaders are looking to get faster access to IP addresses. Internet activists, however, have voiced concern that while attempting to fill a "reassurance vacuum," politicians and police will erode online freedoms. 
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