the form of the communication (eg email, request
for webpage, ‘authenticating’ your username and password)
where it came from
where it is going to
When it was sent
how long it took to transmit.
It does not contain a message (content) but
could, when ‘data- based’ with the communications data of others, provide
anaccurate profile of a person's
life choices, political, recreational and social activities, and the
network of contacts or friends with whom they carry out these activities.
When you connect to the internet (whether by
phone, ADSL, leased line) your Internet Service Provider keeps logs of your
The amount of data, and period of time these
logs are kept varies from one ISP to another.
Logs are kept for the period of time deemed
necessary by ISPs for normal billing purposes and other day to day
operational needs in relation to customer service.
Current Data Protection Principles provide a
rights-based framework for governing how much data ISPs should retain, for
what purposes it should be used, and what rights you, the user has to
access that information.