European Data Protection Digest

Authorities Publish Data Retention Guide for Telecoms

DATA PROTECTION—GERMANY

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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