European Data Protection Digest

Think Tank Urges Danish Data Retention Law Repeal

PRIVACY LAW—DENMARK

August 6, 2010

Influential Danish think tank CEPOS issued a policy paper 20 July calling for the repeal of the nation's Administrative Order on Data Retention, which transposed the EU's Data Retention Directive. The law, which took effect in 2007, requires telecoms and ISPs to retain customer communications data for 12 months for the purposes of fighting serious crime and terrorism. According to CEPOS, the law is a "fiasco" which has had a "very limited impact" in its primary aim but has resulted in a "massive registration" of personal data that potentially breaches EU privacy legislation. CEPOS estimated that the law has cost the Danish telecommunications industry around DKK 300 million ($52 million) to implement. (Report in Danish)
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