UK phone records to be kept for a year

Friday, 27 July 2007, 3:10 PM EST

UK telecoms companies will have to keep phone call logs for a year under a new law, which comes into force in October. The law does not apply to records of internet activity, such as web surfing, email, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone calls.

The Data Retention (EC) Regulations (draft; the final Regulations were unavailable at time of writing) were approved by the House of Lords on Tuesday and signed into law by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith on Wednesday. The regulations transpose into UK law most of the European Union's Data Retention Directive.

At The Register.

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