Web-based mail exempt from data retention

Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail users will be exempt from the government’s new telecoms surveillance bill, according to industry experts.

18th July, 2009

Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail users will be exempt from the government’s new telecoms surveillance bill, according to industry experts.

The Retention of Data Bill, published by the Minister for Justice to combat serious criminal offences, compels internet and telephone operators to retain customer data on calls, texts and e-mails for up to two years.

But a loophole will result in the majority of Irish email accounts falling outside its provisions - including...

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