New German Data Retention Act The new German Data Retention Act ("DRA") entered into force on December 18, 2015. According to the DRA, providers of publicly available telephone services ("PATS") for end users and providers of publicly available internet access services ("ISPs") for end users must store certain traffic data for 10 weeks. Location data generated by the use of mobile telephone services must be stored for 4 weeks. All this data has to be stored on a server in Germany. After expiry of the respective retention period, the data must be deleted without undue delay but at the latest within one week. Because of a transitional period providers are not required to comply with the DRA until July 1, 2017. In addition, the Federal Network Agency ("BNetzA") will publish a catalogue of security requirements until January 1, 2017. This catalogue will establish standards for the proper handling of the stored data. For more information, please contact Joachim Scherer.