Controversial Data Storage Directive Accepted

Accordingly, telecommunication service providers will be able to save the information about who you communicate with via email, mobile and telephone, and when you log on and off the Internet. In Denmark, a version of the same law led to 550 billion surveillance notes on the Danish people in one year.

– “The agreement builds on an understanding that fighting crime is important, but also that privacy is important. Privacy is not just that you have something to hide, but that we want something private. But privacy cannot trump all considerations, “said Martin Kolberg of Labor during a joint press conference at Parliament.

Data Will Be Stored for 6 Months

The agreement will establish a regulatory framework for storage and deletion of traffic data, location data and subscriber / user data. The contents of the communication will not be saved. Data will be stored for 6 months.

The new law will sharpen the obligation to erase traffic data when the storage period has expired. Also, storage safety and security of retrieval of data intensified in the agreement between Labor (Ap) and the Conservatives (Høyre).

Ap's policy spokeswoman Anne Marie Bjørnflaten suggested that changes as a result of the negotiation in parliament make a good balance between privacy and crime fighting.

Black Day for Privacy

“This is a black day for privacy and all who had hoped that the Conservatives would choose the solution that will not put the Data Retention Directive in practice,” said Venstre leader, Trine Skei Grande. She also noted that the directive violates the principle that you cannot be monitored if you have not done anything illegal.

Supporting Grande’s statements, Progress Party (FrP) MP, Arne Sortevik, reacted to the implementation of the EU's data storage directive by stating that Norway is one step closer to a police state.

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