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And to make sure such data is not lost, there is EU regulation demanding its storage.

Telecommunications data retention - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

On 15 March 2006 the European Union formally adopted Directive 2006/24/EC, on "the retention of data generated or processed in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks and amending Directive 2002/58/EC".[1][2] The Directive requires Member States to ensure that communications providers must retain, for a period of between 6 months and 2 years, necessary data as specified in the Directive

  • to trace and identify the source of a communication;
  • to trace and identify the destination of a communication;
  • to identify the date, time and duration of a communication;
  • to identify the type of communication;
  • to identify the communication device;
  • to identify the location of mobile communication equipment.

The data is required to be available to competent national authorities in specific cases, "for the purpose of the investigation, detection and prosecution of serious crime, as defined by each Member State in its national law".

The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee of the European Parliament had recommended that data be retained for a maximum of only 12 months; that it be made available only with a judicial warrant, and only in connection with crimes serious enough to qualify for a European arrest warrant; and that communications providers be compensated for the cost of the data storage.[3] But these recommendations were put aside after private representations were made, over the heads of the MEPs who had been specialising on the dossier, by the German government to the German leaders of the dominant Socialist and Christian Democrat blocs in the Parliament.

Where would we be if the governments could not check up on their citizens telephone conversations and how their phones travel through the days?

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Oct 1st, 2011 at 03:36:43 PM EST
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One wonders if there is or will be a resurgence of interest in carrier pigeons.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Oct 1st, 2011 at 04:38:51 PM EST
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Forget the pigeons and use radio.

It's interesting to ponder about how easily governments can shut down modern communication systems. Your cell phone, twitter account, Facebook page--all that stuff can be suspended at a moment's notice. Or monitored. Back in the good old days of paper pamphlets and tracts, and coffee-houses, the communication was distributed, person-to-person, and very difficult to disrupt.

by asdf on Sun Oct 2nd, 2011 at 12:25:57 AM EST
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Given the limited nature of Ham Radio a significant increase would stand out notably and easily be monitored. However, the low end of available point to point microwave could offer some possibilities, but likely only for one conversation at a time, given the cost of mux and demux equipment. Any significant roll-out of such a system would seem highly likely to draw "national security" attention.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Oct 2nd, 2011 at 11:10:14 AM EST
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Note that the position of the cell phones is also to be stored. No need to send a spy to the coffee-house anymore, just pull the list of those present.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Oct 4th, 2011 at 02:35:55 PM EST
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Hence the requirement to remove the batteries from all cell phones before Syrian dissidents assemble for a meeting. No pinging of cell towers and no GPS.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 4th, 2011 at 05:38:30 PM EST
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Since carrier pigeons can carry flash drives they actually have quite high throughput (though latency is a problem). See RFC 2549 (IP over Avian Carriers with Quality of Service) for details.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Tue Oct 4th, 2011 at 02:44:32 PM EST
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Plus, litigation holds will require data retention for decades while the suits and countersuits are argued. The computer storage industry loves regulations like this!
by asdf on Sun Oct 2nd, 2011 at 12:13:43 AM EST
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since criminals routinely use prepaid phones, which are effectively untraceable.

But for snooping on journalists, or politicians, or other Important People, it's a gold mine. These people don't take anonymous calls. A journalist has to use a known phone number to get through to their contacts.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Oct 2nd, 2011 at 05:52:01 AM EST
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