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In the UK, the Internet data-retention law has come into force
In the UK, internet service providers will have to keep details of internet communications, including email, under UK law which came into force on 6 April 2009.
The Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2009 require service providers to store details of user internet access, email and internet telephony for 12 months.
ISPs must respond to access requests by law enforcement and other designated authorities.
The details of UK citizens' communications to be retained include which websites people have visited or attempted to visit; the sender, recipient, date and time of emails; and the caller and recipient of internet telephone calls.
In addition, the regulations state that telecommunications companies must also retain details of all fixed and mobile telephony usage, including the geographical location of the caller. - Internet data-retention law comes into force