Some European Nations Think EU Data-Retention Laws Don't Go Far Enough
from the more-rules dept
Data-retention laws have been a hot topic on both sides of the Atlantic as American and European governments engage in a tug of war between security hawks and privacy advocates. In spite of the high costs data-retention imposes on certain companies and questions about how useful it really is, governments press on. In Europe, some are even preparing new laws that go beyond EU rules, which say that ISPs must hang on to traffic logs for two years. For instance, in the Netherlands, a proposed law would force mobile operators to keep records of users' location during calls, and in Germany -- in a move that will undoubtedly make the place more secure -- creating an email account with "false information" would become illegal under a new proposal. Groups in both countries have said the proposals contravene EU or local laws, and the privacy implications for both are obvious. It's also still unclear exactly how forcing operators and service providers to retain all this information will actually be helpful to investigators. What really makes this laughable, though, is these proposals come at a time when the EU is supposedly committed to cutting the regulatory burden on companies there. Forcing all kinds of companies to save huge amounts of data for long periods of time sounds like a great way to do just that.