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Data Retention Directive in force from this weekend

PGP (GB) : 16 March, 2009  (Technical Article)
PGP comments on introduction of Data Retention Directive in the European Union brought into force to stem the outflow of data through poor security
On 15 March 2009, the much debated EU Data Retention Directive, which states that ISPs must store communication information from customers for a year, will fully come into force.

Already a source of much controversy, the Data Retention Directive has provoked criticism from EU member states over the cost of the operation, estimated at £46m over an eight year period, as well as fears of privacy violation.

Jamie Cowper, Director of Marketing EMEA at PGP Corporation, has made the following comments:

"Given the numerous data breaches of late, it is hardly surprising that concern has been raised over these proposals. With public confidence about data security at an all time low, it is absolutely essential that ISPs take their obligations seriously. If privacy violation is to be avoided, and the huge cost of this operation is to be justified, then the security of the public's data must be watertight.

"Whilst there are no prescribed methods to ensure compliance within this directive, at the very least it is essential that proven technologies, such as encryption, are deployed to show both customers and industry regulators that the data that ISPs are entrusted with is continuously protected and treated with the respect it deserves.

"After all, if the EU plans to roll out similar legislation to other sectors, they are going to have to demonstrate to the public that every step is being taken to defend their data. If not, it is fair to say that we are just one data breach away from a major public backlash."
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