01 August 2007

UK - Data retention law passed

(OUT-LAW News)
UK telecoms companies will have to keep phone call logs for a year under a new law to come into force in October. The law does not apply to records of internet activity, such as web surfing, email and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone calls. The Data Retention (EC) Regulations transpose into UK law most of the European Union's Data Retention Directive. The Regulations will come into force on 1st October, two weeks after the deadline set by the EU, but they will not apply to internet traffic data. The Directive allows member states to extend the rules to internet data at a later date, provided these rules are in force by 15th March 2009.