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Customer Sues Mobile Phone Operator

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

July 25, 2012

PCWorld reports on a customer suing mobile operator Vodafone for allegedly storing connection data unnecessarily. Lawyer Meinhard Starostik—a part of the Working Group on Data Retention—sent a cease-and-desist letter to Vodafone stating the “allegedly illegally stored traffic data was unnecessary for the billing process and should be deleted without delay,” the report states. The information Vodafone stores includes mobile phones’ unique identification numbers, SIM cards’ unique identification numbers and the relevant cell tower’s physical location. The data retention ranges from 30 to 92 days. Vodafone says the data is needed for billing services.
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