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7 September 2005: Clarke's speech on terror laws

European Parliament, Strasbourg

To mark the UK's Presidency of the EU, Home Secretary Charles Clarke addressed MEPs about the need for new anti-terrorism laws.

London had been hit by terror attacks just two months before.

Central to Mr Clarke's plan were proposals to retain phone, e-mail and internet data for up to four years.

The UK was one of four member states to put forward these proposals; however they were rejected by MEPs in a vote later that month.

Later in 2005, a compromise was reached, with MEPs passing proposals to force telecommunications companies to retain data for two years, and to allow the police access to call and internet data, but not exact call contents.

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