UK looking to push through anti-terror data monitoring

13 Jul 2005

The UK is looking to use its presidency of the European Union to push through legislation that will secure data retention for all phone calls and e-mails following last week’s bomb explosions in London. EU ministers will meet in Brussels today to debate the plan, which is at the forefront of an agenda dominated by anti-terrorism measures. The proposal asks that data from fixed and mobile calls, text messages and e-mails – including date, time and location, but not actual content – should be stored by service providers for between one and three years. The UK originally put forward the proposals alongside Ireland, France and Sweden following terrorist attacks in Madrid in March 2004, but the EU rejected the scheme as both too expensive and technically complicated. UK interior minister Charles Clarke now hopes to fast-track the adoption of the plan by suggesting it would assist the investigation into the London attacks.

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