Minister: providers must destroy retention data




The data providers have stored under the retention obligation, to remove them. This enables the new Minister of Security and Justice, Ard van der Steur. Until now it was not yet clear whether the data had to be removed.

Archive Folders / Data retention Now that the retention of the table, there is no longer any reason to keep the data. It appears from a letter sent Van der Steur minister to parliament. This not only means that the data no longer need to be retained, but even that may not be longer: private data may be retained only as a legal basis for it. The data must therefore be removed.

All carriers were after the ruling earlier this month stopped collecting data retention, but they did not know exactly what to do with previously collected data. The ministry was not clear about that. The providers feared legal to take the problems as the retention appealed again run and they already collected data had been discarded.

The government is now so put an end to that uncertainty. Incidentally, this does not mean that the government no longer can retrieve customer data: data providers already collecting can still be retrieved. Multiple providers store while at times roughly the location of customers, appeared earlier. The Minister stressed that the provider may only collect the data they need for their business. Furthermore, the data should be deleted when they are no longer needed.

Wednesday the House meets on data retention. The government is working on a new data retention, which is equipped with improved safeguards. For example, data from telephone and Internet can only be requested on suspicion of “very serious offenses”. Also, the permission of the magistrate is required to retrieve data.

According to Minister Van der Steur has deleting data retention ‘serious consequences’ for the investigation and prosecution of criminals. “Certain types of crime are almost detect only by the use of historical telecommunications data,” wrote the minister. For certain crimes, the perpetrators will therefore be hardly detected, he says. Critics correctly argue that the government has never convincingly demonstrate that the retention is required.


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