Retention of Data Bill 2009 *UPDATE


The Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2009, was signed into law by the President on the 26th Jan. 2011, being renamed the “Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011 (No 3 of 2011)”. ISPs providing Internet services to the public are now obliged to retain certain data, as set out in the Act, identifying the occurrence of a communication (but not about the content of the communication itself). This must be done for every user, whether they are a private or business customer. In the case of Internet communications the ISP must keep the data for a period of one year.