by Mike Masnick
Tue, Aug 2nd 2011 1:03am
There are big debates in both the US and Europe about the reasonableness and legality of requiring massive data retention by ISPs. However in Switzerland, the Justice Minister, Simonetta Sommaruga, has decided to dispense with all of that and has just told ISPs they have to start retaining all sorts of data even if there's no direct reason for it (link is a Google translation from the original French). Apparently various companies are now protesting this, but it takes a special sort of out of touch politician to simply declare such a thing without realizing the widespread legal debates in other countries about the legality and usefulness of this very thing...
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