EU Data Retention Policy Found UnlawfulAdded: Saturday, July 24th, 2010
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Civil rights advocates have achieved quite a success in fighting against the European data retention policy. European Data Protection authorities acknowledged that the present implementation of data retention policy is unlawful.
There weren’t any news on the European data retention directive for a while. Wikipedia says that even the group that was found specifically to fight against data retention, called “Data Retention is no Solution,” has stopped giving out any information back in 2007. However, the story appeared to be not completely dead, with a recent announcement made by European authorities, stating that the current implementation of the policy throughout Europe is unlawful.
The announcement reveals the results of a joint research made by the data protection authorities. The report makes the conclusion that the requirement to retain all Internet and telecom traffic information of the directive isn’t implemented correctly in the European Union.
The most important results of the survey are that ISPs have been found to store and hand over information in ways contradictory to the provisions of the policy. The articles of the information retention policy aren’t respected. Consequently, the absence of available statistics makes impossible to assess whether the policy can achieve its objectives. All this made the EU Data Protection Authorities call on the European Commission to bring their attention to the findings of the research and make a decision either to amend or repeal the policy.
Directive 2006/24/EC, or European Data retention, has always been treated as a very controversial directive containing surveillance measures on online users. According to its provisions, EU members have to keep people’s telecommunications information for up to 2 years as a maximum time period. In addition, the policy provides police and security agencies with the right to obtain access to personal user’s details like IP address and date and time of every text message, email or phone call sent or received. However, the request to access the data can only be made with a court order.
By the way, data retention used to be just one of many problems that the Freedom, Not Fear campaigns have targeted in numerous all-European protests.
It’s not clear enough what happens next, but we’ll hope it’s something from amending to repealing the policy.
July 24th, 2010Posted by:
Saturday, July 24th, 2010
|how many servers are gonna be needed to store 2yrs worth of data from the whole of europe....thats a big big for the companies and countries involved, thanks sam||
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