06 June 2010

EU - MEP condemns plan to give authorities access to stored search logs

(OUT-LAW News)
An MEP has warned colleagues not to sign a declaration demanding that search engines keep a record of searches for examination by authorities. Cecilia Wikström said she had signed the declaration but has now withdrawn her support. Two MEPs have proposed a 'written declaration' to set up a system they say will act as an 'early warning' system to identify paedophiles and other sex offenders. The Data Retention Directive means that telecoms operators keep details of the use of their systems for a period, set country by country, of between six and 24 months. Details of calls made and internet usage are kept but not the content of the communications. Tiziano Motti and Anna Záborská have proposed the call for an 'early warning' system and also for an extension of the Data Retention Directive to the content of communications, to search engine use.