European Data Protection Digest

Data Retention a Dilemma for ISPs

PRIVACY LAW—ITALY

May 9, 2013

The Garante has recently come down hard on ISPs, fining nine out of 11 companies that were investigated, reports Mondaq. The primary issue is the failure of ISPs to delete traffic data after the 12 months of required retention expires. However, data retention legislation has been complicated and difficult to comply with, and law enforcement agencies want to see data retained indefinitely to aid in criminal investigations, the report states. All of this coupled with the government’s decree on cyber-security has ISPs in a very difficult position, the report suggests.
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