New bill to allow retention of phone and email records

The Government is set to publish proposed new legislation today allowing telephone and email records to be stored for up to two years to facilitate criminal investigations.

The Government is set to publish proposed new legislation today allowing telephone and email records to be stored for up to two years to facilitate criminal investigations.

Under the legislation, telecommunications firms will be obliged to store details of all phone and text traffic for two years, while internet service providers will have to keep email records for a year.

However, the actual content of text messages and emails will not be retained.

The Gardaí, the Army and the Revenue Commissioners will be allowed to access the stored data if they are investigating terrorist activity or any crime punishable by at least five years in prison.

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