Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation, in conjunction with Capgemini announced a joint solution to help telecommunication network and service providers comply with the European Union ' s (EU) new Data Retention Directive, effective September 2007.

The new EU directive mandates that all communication data (traffic and location) must be retained for a period of between six and 24 months, depending on each of the member states implementation measures. The directive will create a complex range of challenges for public communications network and service operators. The legislation requires operators to retain all data related to electronic communications that is generated or processed by them. This is to ensure that the data is available to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of investigating, detecting and prosecuting serious crime. This includes:

  • Data that can trace calls made to and from fixed and mobile telephones
  • Details of connections made to the Internet including e-mail, instant messaging and VOIP calls.

The data captured and archived by telecommunications and Internet services companies has been characterized as a " golden thread " of data that can be instrumental in identifying illegal activities and communications. Increasingly complex analysis of this data is being required, and this combined solution enables the data from traditional circuit-switched telecommunications to be linked to IP-based communications from the same subscriber, address or recipient. The solution combines consulting, applications and enterprise data warehousing that captures and maps the data in real time.

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