12 Dec 2013

Rules that carriers must retain data called incompatible with EU law

Author: CoralineJ212 | Filed under: News

The European Union’s top legal advisor ruled on Thursday that laws requiring communications providers to retain all data, even to combat crime, are incompatible with fundamental rights. Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said in a published opinion that the E.U.’s Data Retention Directive is in conflict with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the right to privacy. The Directive requires providers of telephone and Internet communication services to “retain traffic and location data for a period laid down by law, in order to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute crime and to safeguard the security of the state.” The ruling came following a request from the High Court of Ireland and the Constitutional Court of Austria

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Rules that carriers must retain data called incompatible with EU law

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