Ireland preps home-grown RIP Act

privacy       2002-12-01 
Ireland is to extend the retention of personal data collected from "mobile calls, faxes, and e-mail and Internet usage" to up to four years, the Irish Times reports. A new Department of Justice Bill, modelled on the UK's highly controversial RIP Act, is in draft stage and could be enacted by Spring, the paper says. Expect opposition: "It is understood that Department officials failed to consult any organisation other than the Garda Síochána in preparing legislation which would in effect overturn existing EU data protection directives."