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EU may introduce new Internet and phone laws
Written by Danrok   
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 06:23

Electronic communication in Europe may soon be tracked in more detail. New laws will mean that companies will have to keep greater detail on email and telephone communication.

Germany is proposing to make it illegal to create an email account using false details. The Netherlands want to make it law for telcos to store the location from where a phone call was made. 

EU countries must implement the Data Retention Directive by 2009. This comes in the wake of terrorist bombing activities in the UK and Spain. The propsals will further undermine a right to privacy in European countries.

“This is an incredibly bad thing in terms of privacy, since people have grown up with the idea that you ought to be able to have an anonymous e-mail account,” Mr. Fleischer, of Google's European privacy counsel, said. “Moreover, it’s totally unenforceable and would never work."

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