Pro and Contra data retention

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"Communications data record is essential for the abatement of terrorism and organised crime"
Even without logging all use of telephone, cell phone, e-mail and internet there are enough data available for the abatement of crime:
* Certain call data are saved already for charging purpose, up to six months in germany.
* Furthermore, authorities can request a warrant which allows the communications data record on certain suspects, if needed.
* The terrorist attacs in Madrid in 2004 were solved via call data that were already available. No data retention was needed.
* Until the data retention directive was passed in 2006 there were only a few countries in the world which practised data retention. In no country in the world there was such all-embracing logging as planned in the EU directive. International authorities always did without the total logging of telecommunication until now.

In a survey, the Federal Criminal Police Office names 381 cases in wich investigators needed further call data - compared to 6 million crimes that are commited each year this is a marginal rate of 0.01%. In this


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