European Data Protection Digest

Authorities Publish Data Retention Guide for Telecoms


October 4, 2012

The German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) and the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection have published a guide for telecom providers on traffic data retention, reports Hunton & Williams’ Privacy and Information Security Law Blog. The guide includes a chart on data retention periods for traffic data, including that of telephone, SMS, Internet and e-mail. The commissioner and the BNetzA hope the guide will “lead to a more unified interpretation of German telecommunications law and a ‘best practice’ approach,” the report states. They add that data should be stored for shorter periods of time whenever possible.
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