Digital rights campaigning organisation, the Open Rights Group (ORG), has reported that new legislation called the European Data Retention Directive comes into effect today.
The law requires telephony companies and ISPs to retain information about the fixed line, mobile and internet communication conducted by their customers for a minimum of six months and maximum of two years.
Here's a breakdown of the types of data required to be retained and potentially made available, according to the directive, which can be viewed in full here.
- data necessary to trace and identify the source of a communication
- data necessary to identify the destination of a communication
- data necessary to identify the date, time and duration of a communication
- data necessary to identify the type of communication
- data necessary to identify users' communication equipment or what purports to be their equipment
- data necessary to identify the location of mobile communication equipment