At the same time German privacy officials are slamming the United States as insufficiently protective of privacy, the German Parliament is on the verge of requiring telecommunications companies and Internet service providers to retain data about their customers’ communications in order to help law enforcement and security agencies—something the U.S. government has not dared to propose.  Late last month, the Bundestag (the lower house of the German Parliament) adopted a bill that mandates that telcos and ISPs retain customer usage data for ten weeks and mobile device location data for four weeks.  The bill now proceeds to the upper chamber, the Bundesrat, for consideration.