U.S. law enforcement officials this week called for mandatory data retention periods for Internet service providers in order to better fight online crime, just as a European NGO released a report critical of data retention as a crime-fighting method. The report, published by the German NGO AK Vorrat, states that data retention is ineffective because criminals switch to "Internet cafes, wireless Internet access points, anonymization services, public telephones, unregistered mobile telephone cards" and other means to get around scrutiny, The Wall Street Journal reports. The European Commission continues its review of the controversial data retention directive. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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