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DG Home Affairs, European Commission

Open workshop on future options for data retention in the EU


13.30-17.00, Wednesday 8 June 2011

Room JREY, Berlaymont Building, European Commission, Brussels


13.00 Registration (Berlaymont reception)

13.30 Welcome and introductions

13.40 Presentation by Dr Ian Walden, Queen Mary, University of London

14.00 Discussion 1: To what extent is data retention necessary?

In relation to what types of crime should it be possible to access and use stored telecommunications data? What precise categories of data should be retained in the light of evolutions in technology and criminal behaviour? For how long should these categories of data be stored? How can the EU ensure that data is stored and used only where it is strictly necessary to do so for the protection of the public against the harm of crime and terrorism? What rules at EU level would be proportionate to the crimes which the storage and use of telecommunications data is intended to help solve? Which authorities should be authorised to access and analyse these data? Are there any alternatives to data retention which could be equally effective in fighting crime? What could be the role at EU level of a form of data preservation or 'quick freeze'?

15.30 Coffee break

15.45 Discussion 2: Regulation, accountability and impact of a future data retention regime

How should the risks of breaches of privacy and data protection be managed and minimised throughout the process of storage by providers, handover and use by authorities? How could the EU ensure independent supervision of requests for access and of the overall storage and use regimes applied in all Member States? How can particularly confidential communications data be protected? How can the EU ensure that service providers are consistently reimbursed and that the impact on consumers is minimised? What metrics and reporting procedures would enable assessment and comparison of how Member States apply the EU framework? How can the EU ensure that citizens and data protection authorities are able to report abuses or seek information on how data is being used? What would be the impact for security, criminal justice systems, the work of law enforcement, service providers and consumers of greater regulation at EU level in this area?

16.45 Summary and close


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