UK: Data Retention Regulations entered into force

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Statutory Instrument 2007 No. 2199, Electronic Communications: The Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2007 entered into force on 1 October 2007 (pdf). All phone-calls, e-mails, faxes, mobile phone calls (including locations) have to be retained by service providers for access by law enforcement agencies and a host of other public bodies. See Statewatch analysis: Mandatory retention of telecommunications traffic data to be "nodded" through in the UK (pdf). See also: Big Brother Britain: Government and councils to spy on ALL our phones (Evening Standard, link). For list of bodies empowered to access communications data retained by service providers, see Schedule 1 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (link).

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