German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will press for new EU rules soon on data retention, to help in the fight against terrorism.
An EU directive on data retention was made invalid by a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling last April.
That 2006 directive opened up private communications data to police, but message content was still protected.
Ms Merkel’s statement contrasts with the uproar in Germany last year over US mass surveillance of internet traffic.
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