European Data Protection Digest

Working Party Finds Problems with Data Retention Directive

DATA RETENTION—EU

July 16, 2010

The Article 29 Working Party says the European data retention directive is not being applied correctly by member states and that some service providers are retaining inappropriate data. The Working Party this week published a report on the findings of a joint inquiry into the directive. The group of European data protection authorities found discrepancies among member states' implementation of the law. It also concluded that "more data are being retained than is allowed." The report includes several recommendations for amending the directive and calls on the European Commission to take into account its findings as it considers potential changes to the directive.
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