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SNIA Weighs In on Anti-Terrorism

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Europe will leverage its worldwide membership to help IT professionals make sense of emerging anti-terrorism data retention policies in Europe.

According to chairman of SNIA Europe, Paul Talbut, an informal European Union meeting of interior ministers this week in Granada, Spain, shows ITers need to communicate with government bodies about the realities of data storage.

Five ministers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K. think more data is required to battle terrorism. They're calling for telecommunications companies to store their call records for access by law enforcement officials throughout Europe.

Details are sketchy. A report in London's Financial Times says the countries at this week's meeting hope to pressure other nations in the EU to save Internet and telecom data for at least one year. But online source German News reports that at least four EU members plan to require telecom providers to store data about connections and users for up to three years. The info would be made available to agencies in Europe to help fight suspected terrorist threats.

An EU spokesperson had not returned calls for clarification at press time.

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