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Implementation of data retention according to the German Telecommunications Act
The following concerns only Mixes which fall under the German Telecommunications Act.
According to the new German Telecommunications Act (see §113a TKG) some Internet based telecommunication services are required to retain some traffic data starting from January, 1st 2009. The German Federal Network Agency (regulation authority) told us that anonymity services are required to log some traffic data, too. Therefore the Mixes of the AN.ON project will log the following data:
According to §113a Section 8 of the German Telecommunications Act it is forbidden to log any information about destinations and requested Internet pages. Therefore neither IP-addresses of contacted servers nor requested URLs will be logged.
As stated above only some of the Mixes are required to log. This covers Mixes operated by Technische Universitauml;t Dresden, Chair of Privacy and Data Security, by University of Regensburg, Lehrstuhl Sicherheitsmanagement and by Unabhängigen Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein. Therefore the following Mixes are involved (Date: 12/11/2008, see: http://anon.inf.tu-dresden.de/status.php):
But even after implementation of the data retention requirements it holds that the AN.ON anonymity service offers protection against the operators of singles Mixes: A single operator of a Mix is not able to learn from the retained data who is communicating with whom
Important Note for January 2009
The implementation of the data retention requirements might lead to longer down times of the cascades mentioned above. We apologise for any inconveniences.
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