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    EU sues Sweden, demands law requiring ISPs to retain data

    The EU passed the Data Retention Directive
    years ago, a law that demands ISPs and search engines hold onto data
    long enough to help the cops (but not long enough to cause privacy
    problems). But Sweden never passed it into national law, and the
    European Commission has now sued the country to make sure a bill

    European Commission has moved to sue Sweden after the Nordic state
    failed to implement the EU's Data Retention Directive in a timely
    The Directive was passed back in 2006 and requires all EU member
    states to implement some form of data retention legislation, with terms
    of six month to two years. National laws were to be in place by March
    of this year, but Sweden still has yet to introduce a bill of its own.

    Internet providers and search engines would all need to retain user
    data and IP addresses so that law enforcement would have a window of
    time in which to access that information during investigations.

    According to Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet,
    the Swedish government does plan to introduce legislation in the next
    month or two, asking for a six-month retention period. Why hasn't it
    happened yet? Because the Swedish Justice Ministry has been busy. Also,
    it's not Justice Minister Beatrice Ask's "favorite project."

    The legislation, whenever it appears, will put more pressure on
    various ISPs that offer anonymity to their users. Beginning April 1,
    2009, ISPs in Sweden had to implement the Intellectual Property Rights
    Enforcement Directive (IPRED), which meant that they could be forced to
    turn over user account information in some legal cases.

    ISPs like Sweden's Bahnhof responded to IPRED
    by simply deleting all their data on a regular basis—a perfectly legal
    move. But when the Data Retention Directive goes into effect, that
    option will be taken off the table.

    Beatrice Ask also says that the process of introducing a bill has
    been slowed by all the consultation the government has been doing.
    Which makes sense, since data retention is a sticky wicket for
    Europeans, who have generally focused on getting ISPs and search
    engines to store less user data (and for less time).

    When all the European countries meet their national Data Retention
    Directive obligations, the continent will have made it illegal to
    delete data too quickly, and illegal to store it for too long.

    SOURCE : arstechnica
    Last edited by VinX; 05-28-2009 at 06:39 PM.

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    You guys are a bit late, but thanks for bringing this out to the 'filesharing world', this is fkin ridiculos.


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