European Data Protection Digest

NIK Concerned Over Data Retention; Royal Decree Requires Metadata Stored

DATA PROTECTION—BELGIUM & POLAND

October 10, 2013

The Polish Supreme Control Authority (NIK) says data retention provisions in Poland do not sufficiently protect privacy and freedom of citizens against excessive interference by the state, Telecompaper reports. While the NIK believes data retention is a valuable tool for law enforcement, there is no independent body verifying the legitimacy of acquiring and using billing data, the report states. Meanwhile, Tech Dirt reports a royal decree has been passed requiring Belgian telecommunications firms, Internet service providers and others to log large amounts of metadata for one year for law enforcement purposes.
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