The EU Directive on Data Retention, approved in the spring of 2006, requires communication service providers and network operators to retain traffic and location data for minimum and maximum periods, with the purpose of aiding the investigation, detection and prosecution of serious crimes. EU member states have until September 2007 to convert the EU Directive into national laws.

Service providers and operators will, therefore, be required to update and adapt their traffic data systems in order to comply with the new obligations by the time various national governments implement the European provisions on data retention as law.

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