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Law enforcement agencies throughout the world are pushing for

invasive laws that force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Mandatory Stay in Touch
telecom providers to continuously collect and store records
documenting the online activities of millions of ordinary users.
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Mandatory data retention regimes are usually paired with
provisions that allow investigators to obtain these records. These
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regimes expand the ability of governments to surveil its citizens, World SIGN UP NOW
ultimately damaging individuals privacy, anonymity, and free
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In countries with strong online privacy laws, mandatory data
retention schemes have overridden key requirements for the
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protection of personal information. Data protection laws typically
compel companies to limit their collection of personal information European Union
for a specific purpose [e.g. billing], and keep their data for only a EFF is leading the fight against the
specific period of time before destroying or anonymizing it. NSA's illegal mass surveillance
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Most ISPs and telcos give subscribers an IP address that changes United States
periodically. Mandatory data retention proposals force ISPs and
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for a certain period of time. This allows law enforcement to ask Providence, R.I. just voted to
ISPs and telecom providers to identify an individual on the basis of overhaul how police can stop,
who had a given IP address at a particular date and time. surveil, and profile you. Whos
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Government mandated data retention impacts millions of ordinary
users compromising online anonymity which is crucial for whistle- Trust @PrivacyBadger, these
blowers, investigators, journalists, and those engaging in political are not the special cookies
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damage the right to privacy and free expression. They compel ISPs
and telcos to create large databases of information about who
communicates with whom via Internet or phone, the duration of
the exchange, and the users location. These regimes require that
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your IP address be collected and retained for every step you make
online. Privacy risks increase as these databases become
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vulnerable to theft and accidental disclosure. Service providers PGP and meet other digital
must absorb the expense of storing and maintaining these large rights defenders at our SF
databases and often pass these costs on to consumers. speakeasy.
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Mandatory data retention creates huge potential for abuse and
should be rejected as a serious infringement on the rights and Projects
freedoms of individuals. These laws support pervasive surveillance
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of every ordinary citizen and should not be tolerated in countries
where freedom is valued. Courts in Romania, Germany, and the Coders' Rights
Czech Republic have ruled that national data retention laws based
on the 2006 European Data Retention Directive, are Encrypt the Web
unconstitutional. A court in Ireland has referred a data retention
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case to the European Court of Justice and questioned the legality
of the entire EU Data Retention Directive. Global Chokepoints

Together with EDRI, AK Vorrat, and other civil society advocates, Manila Principles
EFF continues to fight for the repeal of the EU Data Retention
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Directive and oppose blanket Mandatory Data Retention proposals
throughout the world. Open Wireless Movement


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