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The European Commission (EC) has formally requested that Germany and Romania come into full compliance with EU rules on data retention within two months. The two countries have not yet indicated how and when they will adopt the EU Data Retention Directive, according to an EC announcement. The commission says this will likely harm the internal market for electronic communications and law enforcement's ability to investigate and prosecute crime. The directive--which requires telephone companies and Internet service providers to store telecommunications and location data--was adopted in 2006, and countries were to have transposed it into law by September 2007. Meanwhile, an Italian MEP has proposed expanding the reach of the Data Retention Directive so as to capture users' "traffic data" from content providers, reports Out-Law.com.
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