It seems that the German authorities are hell-bent on retaining the data of their internet users. The data retention has been a hot issue in Germany for last five years with several bills brought and rejected, this time the policymakers have come up with a bill that will be too hard to reject.
If you aren’t aware of the latest developments in European Court of Justice hearing, it had rejected the bill/proposal that required the ISPs and telecoms to retain the data for much longer periods and store it even outside the German territory. According to the latest bill, the data will be retained for much shorter periods (apparently ten weeks) only in Germany.
Germany’s Data Retention Bill Requires Metadata to be Kept in the Country and Reduces Retainment from Six Months to Ten Weeks #breakingnews
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The new bill states very clearly that all the user data will be stored for ten weeks within the German territory and all the ISPs and Telcos will be bound to act upon it. It is rumored that the suggestion would be presented to the federal government by the end of this month and to the concerned authorities in Bundestag next month.
The bill would directly affect more than 1000 internet service providers and telecommunication companies directly – making Germany the first EU country to act up after the European Court of Justice’s decision on EU data retention.
A member of the German Ministry refrained from commenting on the data retention bill and said that it was still being reviewed.
Stay tuned for more updates on Data Retention in Germany.