Telecomms data storage is the latest front in Europe’s fight against terrorism. EU justice and interior ministers have agreed that the bloc’s telecoms companies will have to store phone and email data for between six months and two years. The decision is seen as an important step towards implementing common rules on data storage across Europe.The US, meanwhile, is changing the focus of some of its security measures imposed after the 9-11 attacks. Air travellers can expect more random and secondary searches in an effort to thwart potential terrorists. However they will soon be allowed to carry small scissors and tools on planes.