ECJ finds Data Retention Directive invalid. What next?

On 8 April 2014 the European Court of Justice ruled that the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data. The Directive is declared invalid. Today’s post by Sylvie Rousseau and Matthias Vierstraete explains what the court decided and … Read more

European Data Protection Supervisor questions need for Data Retention Directive: no public reply from the spooks expected…

This week the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published an opinion that concludes that: “the Data Retention Directive does not meet the requirements set out by the rights to privacy and data protection, for the following reasons: the necessity of data retention as provided for in the Data Retention Directive has not been sufficiently demonstrated; data … Read more

Europe to review data retention rules

Readers will recall from the curious case of Mr Spitz that European telecoms operators already retain very large amounts of information about their customers. In an evaluation report adopted today by the European Commission, the Commission proposes to review the existing rules. The Commission summarise the main findings of the report as: Most Member States take the … Read more