European justice ministers have approved a compromise deal on controversial anti-terror measures increasing police access to telephone and Internet records, an AFP report said.
The deal lays out what kinds of data can be retained, for how long, under which conditions and the types of crime that would allow
'I am very pleased indeed that we achieved an agreement today,' said British Home Secretary Charles Clarke, quoted by AFP, after the deal was secured at a two-day meeting, said.
The report quoted Clarke as saying that the deal keeps
Under the deal, they would oblige businesses in the telecommunications field to keep details about callers, such as to whom they spoke, where and when, for six months to two years.
The rules would apply to land telephone lines and mobile phones, and Internet data like e-mail records and protocols, but police would not have access to the conversation or message itself.