Service Providers to Work with Regulatory Agencies & Member State Governments.
Enactment of Data Retention Directive to Impact Communications Service Providers and Network Operators
In May 2006, the European Union (EU) directive on data retention, Directive 2006/24/EC, came into effect. This directive imposes the obligation to retain traffic and location data on all service providers and network operators of mobile, fixed and Internet telephony, e-mail services, messaging and Internet access for specified minimum and maximum periods. The European legislation was in direct response to the concerns of EU member states in relation to the use of communications in planning and perpetrating terrorist attacks. This comes in the wake of the attacks on the United States of America in 2001 and the recent attacks on Madrid and London in 2004 and 2005, respectively. The introduction of the legislation aims at ensuring that data is accessible by law enforcement authorities to assist them in the investigation, detection and prosecution of serious crimes. The provisions of the EU directive will need to be introduced by member states in their national legislations by 15 September, 2007. However, member states can opt to introduce regulations regarding Internet access as late as 15 March, 2009.
Call detail record (CDR) systems will need to be updated to cope with the increase in communication and traffic data to be stored and managed. Costs will need to be incurred in assessing current systems, adapting them, and integrating new solutions that will comply with the regulations. Most importantly, service providers that were not previously included in the obligation to retain data will now have to meet the mandatory requirements of the EU directive.
Service Providers to Work with Regulatory Agencies and Member State Governments
According to the specifications of the directive, service providers are required to respond to lawful requests from competent authorities without "undue delay." Thus, member states will need to define more clear parameters in this area.
Service providers and industry organisations will need to work with regulatory agencies and member state governments, as member states work on the transposition of the EU directive into national laws. By doing so, service providers will be able to positively influence the issues left unclear in the European legislation.
Topics Covered 1. Introduction - 1. Overview -- 1. Data Retention Regulation in Europe 2. Current Legislation in Europe - 1. Existing Legislation -- 1. Overview -- 2. National Legislation -- 3. The United Kingdom -- 4. Italy -- 5. France 3. EU Directive on Data Retention - 1. Regulating Data Retention in the European Union -- 1. Scope of Directive 2006/24/EC -- 2. Enacting the EU Directive on Data Retention -- 3. Parties Affected -- 4. Data to be Retained -- 5. Retention Periods -- 6. Accessibility of Data -- 7. Provisions Regarding Retained Data 4. Analysis of the EU Directive on Data Retention - 1. Addressing Issues -- 1. 'Without Undue Delay' -- 2. Service Providers under the Obligation to Retain Data -- 3. Defining Serious Crimes and Competent Authorities 5. Implications for Service Providers - 1. Onerous on Service Providers and Operators -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Call Detail Record Systems -- 3. System Scalability -- 4. Impact on Costs -- 5. Small/Virtual Operators and Resellers 6. Compliant Solutions - 1. Systems Complying with the EU Directive on Data Retention -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Sensage/EMC/Intec -- 3. ICTCambridge 7. Conclusions and Recommendations - 1. Final Analysis -- 1. Summary -- 2. Recommendations List of Figures Chapter 2 - EU Data Retention Directive: Retention Periods in the UK as per the British Voluntary Code of Practice (Europe), 2006 Chapter 3 - EU Data Retention Directive: Milestones (Europe), 2006 - EU Data Retention Directive: Data to Be Retained by Type of Service (Europe), 2006 Chapter 5 - EU Data Retention Directive: Data Generation, An Example (Europe), 2006
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