IDG News Service reports that a number of Dutch carriers and internet service providers (ISPs) stand accused of exploiting European Union (EU) laws governing the retention of communications data to tackle crime, using the information instead for ‘unauthorised marketing purposes’. According to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Radiocommunications Agency though, the firms involved will not be prosecuted for the breaches, although local lobby groups (e.g. Bits of Freedom) are calling on the European Commission to ensure there are no further abuses of the EU directive concerning data retention. The Netherlands introduced its data retention law in September 2009, requiring telcos to store data for one year only, and ISPs for six months.
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