The Commission proposal differs from the Council's draft framework decision in that it
- proposes EU-wide identical retention periods of one year for fixed and mobile telephony data, and six months for IP-based (internet protocol) communication data. The Council framework decision sets a minimum term of retention for all data categories of one year, but allows for possible exceptions to this for periods between 6 and 48 months;
- obliges member states to compensate service providers for additional costs resulting from the retention obligation;
- facilitates the extension of demands for retained data by making it possible to add new types of data in a comitology procedure and without first consulting an advisory forum of data protection experts and industry representatives;
- gives responsibility for providing statistics for retained data to the member states (the Council wanted service providers to collect the data) following demands from law enforcement agencies.