Emergency Briefing: Data Retention Directive




Data Protection Law & Policy is holding a half day Emergency Briefing on the new Data Retention Directive.  The event is co-hosted by Morrison & Foerster.
The controversial directive won approval from the European Parliament on Wednesday 14 December, despite misgivings from Members of the European Parliament and anger from the communications industry.
The event is being organised to look at the implications of the Directive - and its transposition into UK law - for telecommunications companies, internet service providers, mobile operators and e-commerce businesses.
The Directive, which has been promoted as a key tool in the fight against terrorism, will require telecommunications companies to retain telephone and internet data for between six months and two years. National governments will be free to decide the exact period within these constraints, and will also be free to decide whether or not to reimburse the costs incurred by the telecommunications industry in retaining data.
Expert speakers will explain the practical implications of the Directive, its impact both in the UK and Europe, the timetable for implementation, what flexibility there is in the implementation of the Directive into UK law, the potential costs and who will bear them.


  • Karin Retzer and John Angel, Of Counsels, Morrison & Foerster will provide an overview of the provisions of the directive.
  • Simon Watkin of the Covert Investigation Policy Team at the Home Office will give an insight into how the UK government sees the process of implementation into UK law and will give an idea of the UK's likely approach to some of the key points in the Directive, including time scales for which data will be held and the remuneration of operators.
  • Martin Hoskins, Data Protection Manager, T-Mobile (UK) Ltd will explain the practical implications of the Directive and its impact both in the UK and Europe. 
  • Gus Hosein, Senior Fellow at Privacy International will look at who will be allowed to access the data, the impact of case law and the Human Rights Act.

If you or a colleague would be interested in attending the Briefing please contact Paul Ferguson at Data Protection Law & Policy (mailto:paul.ferguson@e-comlaw.com) for more information and booking details.

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