Watching the watchers: Statewatch launches surveillance observatory

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London-based NGO Statewatch has launched what it describes as an 'Observatory on the surveillance of telecommunications in the EU'. The move comes in response to EU legislation, currently before the European Parliament and Council of Minsiters, which will introduce a requirement for mandatory data retention. Under this system, a record will be kept of everyone's phone-calls, e-mails, mobile phone calls (including location) and internet usage. The Council, which directly represents the twenty-five EU governments, is proposing that data be available to access by law enforcement agencies for any suspected crime, however minor. Read more at Observatory: http://www.statewatch.org/eu-data-retention.htm