Easy-to-deploy solution for data retention

Telecommunications Data Retention

Data Retention Suite

Utimaco has addressed the challenges of electronic data retention legislation with the introduction of a purpose-built solution: Utimaco DRS.

This system is based on the experience and technology of our world-leading lawful interception software, Utimaco LIMS, which is deployed with telecom operators in more than seventy countries around the world.

Utimaco delivers a complete data retention solution to telecommunications providers around the world.

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The need for data retention solutions

Telecommunications data retention refers to the process of storing call detail records and subscriber data for various telecommunications services for a period of months and years.

Data retention and law enforcement

Law enforcement agencies and intelligence services regard the access to retained telecom data as a pillar of crime investigation and the prevention of terrorism.
Retained electronic data is regularly used to identify and trace suspects, uncover terrorists’ social networks, or to collect admissible evidence for court proceedings.

The legal obligation to retain data

Many countries around the world have passed laws to define the authority of police and intelligence agencies and the responsibility of service providers.

In Europe, for instance, the EU directive 2006/24/EC was introduced in March 2006 as a response to the coordinated terror attacks in Madrid 2004 and London 2005.

The directive has lead to harmonized laws within EU member states that oblige telecom operators and Internet service providers to retain call detail records and subscriber data for a period between six to twenty-four months and to respond rapidly to inquiries by law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

For telecom operators and Internet service providers, data retention means additional investment in support systems that enable them to comply with these new laws.

Clearly, it is not sufficient to simply extend the retention period of billing records because laws and regulations require additional data to be stored, including unsuccessful calls and email records.

Depending on the size and type of operator there are millions to billions of records to be stored every day and operators must be prepared to respond to hundreds to thousands of inquiries per day.