Friday, April 23, 2010

Government requests for Internet and phone records

Google has (rightly) won praise for its new tool showing the number of requests it has received from governments to remove web pages and get user information. Here is some more specific data on European government demands for user data from telecommunications companies during 2008, gleaned from a recently-leaked European Commission review of the Data Retention Directive:

Government requests for communications data per million population (2008)
Government requests for communications data per million population


CountryRequestsPopulation (m)Requests/m population
Cyprus340.76145
Czech Republic13156010.32312,744
Germany1334882.12163
Denmark36055.447662
Estonia44901.3433,343
Greece58411.17252
Finland40105.27761
France53843762.2778,646
Ireland140954.4223,187
Latvia168622.2717,425
Malta8670.4132,099
Slovenia2822.013140
UK47022261.0737,699

Notes: 2008 population figures from IMF World Economic Outlook. Spain and Lithuania gave non-comparable figures to European Commission.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

spying fuckers

Ian Brown said...

A German colleague writes: The German figure encompasses only cases where traffic data not stored for billing purposes (thus retained exclusively under directive 2006/24/EC) was handed over to an authority. The figure does not include the handing over of traffic data used for billing and of subscriber data (e.g. name, address, telephone number), whether it was filtered out using traffic data (e.g. authority provides IP address and time of access) or subscriber data (e.g. authority provides telephone number). Subscriber data was requested more than 4 million times in Germany last year (LEAs have on-line access to the providers subscriber databases).

The UK figure, as I understand it, encompasses all access to communications data, i.e. all of the above.