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Data Retention laws begin - but not for ISP's

Data Retention laws begin - but not for ISP's

UK telecom operators must now keep phone call logs for one year under the government's new Data Retention laws. This typically refers to phone numbers, customer name and address details, any number dialled, the date and time of a call and the telephone service used; not the calls content.

However the new rules do not yet apply to UK ISP's, which means that your e-mails, website and VoIP call history aren't logged. Sadly, under EU guidelines, these rules must be extended to Internet providers by 15th March 2009.


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