What Exactly Does The UK’s New Data Retention Law Require?

In December of 2016 the United Kingdom enacted the Investigatory Powers Act of 2016. The IP Act contained a novel data retention mandate, which expanded on the nation’s prior data retention law. More recently the European Court of Justice handed down a ruling that struck a major blow at the IP Act.

The following details the IP Act requirements, compares them to US law, and describes the impact of the EU court ruling. The analysis is geared to American communication service providers looking to serve the UK market.

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