17 February 2009

Telecommunications: Draft Data Retention Regulations Published

Regulations to implement the Data Retention Directive (Directive 2006/24/EC) which will come into effect on 6 April 2009 have been published in draft on the OPSI website.   

The legislation - to be known as The Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009 - require public communications providers (“providers”), to retain specified categories of communications data for up to 12 months from the date of the communication in question and to store them in accordance with the requirements of the regulation.

Data protection and data security measures are provided for in the regulation which are to be monitored by the Information Commissioner.

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