Traffic data could be retained for one year in Spain

By EDRi · July 18, 2007

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The Spanish Plenary Congress of Deputies approved on 21 June 2007 the draft
law on the retention of traffic data requiring fixed and mobile telephony,
but also ISPs to retain data for a period of one year and to make it
available to law enforcement or secret services under court order.

The bill, called Electronic Communications and Public Communications Network
Data Storage Act, represents the implementation of the EU Directive
2006/24/CE on data retention. According to the draft act, the data will be
retained only with the purpose to: “detect, investigate and prosecute
serious crimes stipulated by the Criminal Code and other special laws” and
could be accessed by law enforcement and secret services only under court

The pre-paid mobile telephone cards will no longer be anonymous, the
telephony operators being obliged to register the data of the pre-paid
customers. In case of the cards already sold before the entering into force
of the law, operators are bound to gather the information on the card owners
during a period of one year and when this is not possible, the cards must be
disconnected and cancelled.

According to Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, Minister of Interior, this law will
place “in the hands of the judges and the police a modern and efficient
instrument to fight against organised crime”.

The Spanish draft law is now sent for approval to the Senate from where it
will return to the chamber of deputies.

Draft Spanish Law on Data retention(only in Spanish, 11.06.2007)

The Congress approves the decision of the draft law on the retention of
traffic data (only in Spanish, 23.06.2007)

The Congress unanimously approves the new Disciplinary Regime of Guardia
Civil (only in Spanish, 21.06.2007)