EU - major commercial associations worried about plans for data retention

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Position paper by four commercial associations, 4 June 2003: Common industry statement on storage of traffic data for law enforcement purposes (pdf)

A joint statement by a coalition of major industry groups expressed concern over the proposal for the wholesale retention of traffic data. The coalition, comprising the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederation of Europe (UNICE), the European Information, Communications and Consumer Electronics Technology Industry Association (EICTA) and the International Telecommunications Users Group (INTUG), say that "data retention is an intrusive measure that should not be taken until less intrusive alternatives, such as a European data preservation regime, have been tested and proven insufficient". The proposed measures would affect not only consumer confidence but also business competitiveness the coalition says, and the costs of storage should not be borne by the industry, nor the customer.

The groups favour the present system of "data preservation", that is where a specific individual or group is targeted for surveillance under a judicial order.

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