EU has plans for your privacy

From today’s New York Times

PARIS, Feb. 19 — European governments are preparing legislation to require companies to keep detailed data about people’s Internet and phone use that goes beyond what the countries will be required to do under a European Union directive.

In Germany, a proposal from the Ministry of Justice would essentially prohibit using false information to create an e-mail account, making the standard Internet practice of creating accounts with pseudonyms illegal.

A draft law in the Netherlands would likewise go further than the European Union requires, in this case by requiring phone companies to save records of a caller’s precise location during an entire mobile phone conversation….

Apart from anything else, it’s an idiotic concept because it wouldn’t apply to services based in the US. So people will continue to use Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail etc. Unless, of course, the EU proposes to make it a crime for European citizens to have a Gmail account.