Data Retention: Secret document exposes operators

How long does your provider connection data well?

Secret Document Retention

“Classified – For official use” emblazoned on the cover of the ten-page document. But the secrecy is over, because of the “Guide to Data Access” the Prosecutor General in Munich has surfaced on the internet. As the title got there, is still unclear. On request of this website Munich Chief Public Prosecutor August Stern confirmed by phone the authenticity of such documents.

Guide to Data Access

The document lists exactly how long to save the fixed and mobile providers which link their customers’ data. It also contains detailed instructions about how investigators need to do to gain access to usage data of Internet, mobile and fixed network customers.

What is stored?

Unbelievable: The document the prosecution shows that different providers customer data store obviously much longer than is necessary for billing. So are customer data when landline provider HanseNet (Alice) half a year on ice while the Telecom manages with a storage period of three days. In addition to device information that uniquely identify the user (IMSI, IMEI), some providers also collect data they do not need for billing, about geodata of smartphones as well as the numbers of incoming and outgoing calls and text messages – even at flat rates.

Which provider collects what and for how long?

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Unconstitutional Sammelwut

According to the data protection from the workgroup retention such data collection are illegal. So says Patrick Breyer, member of the Working Group: “The now disclosed collective practice of the German telecommunications industry is scandalous. The illegal communication and transaction data storage brings millions of people to the risk of a criminal investigation. ”

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Retention Illegally

The privacy advocates rely on the judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court in March 2010, according to the regulations on data retention unconstitutional. Since then, must not be stored without criminal event data in Germany. In statements the providers deny the illegality of their storage practice and rely on the quick freeze process. However, this proposed Federal Data Protection Officer method provides storage of user data only in law enforcement.