The Data Retention Act, as you will know from previous posts requires Communications Providers, when requested, to store information concerning voice calls, emails and potentially Instant Messages sent and received by its customers.
I learned yesterday that this will not apply to IM services of companies such as Facebook that are defined as “information society services”. This does tend to make the whole Act an absurdity in my book. Also what happens when Google launches VoIP in the UK? Is Google an information society service?
It would be interesting to understand how the reg will apply to P2P services such as Skype? I’m sure I must have been told sometime.