Data Retention Coming to Austria

On Sunday all connection data for telephone and internet connections will be saved for 6 months. This might sound harmless and people will say that they don’t mind, because they have “nothing to hide”. No matter what, once this infrastructure is in place, it can be used for all kinds of things and should therefor be opposed from the start. Consider this: Before contacting someone, you need to think, whether you want this person to be associated with you or not (because this information will be saved). If your friend is a drug dealer or pimp (and you don’t know about it), you might be surveilled as well.

For doctors and lawyers this new measure brings another problem. They can’t guarantee the confidentiality of their client correspondence any more and will have to resort to sending letters again. A detailed explaination can be found here.

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