European Data Protection Digest

EFF Calls for Repeal of Data Retention Laws

PRIVACY LAW—EU

October 29, 2010

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has called on European privacy authorities to scrap legislation that requires ISPs to retain data, ComputerWeekly reports. The Internet traffic data must be stored for at least two months and for up to two years for possible use by law enforcement authorities. European privacy authorities have found such practices to be unlawful, according to the EFF, and several countries have resisted implementation.  The EFF has suggested the need for a "more targeted data preservation regime." Meanwhile, at the 32nd Annual Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, the EFF urged privacy authorities to call for the legislation's repeal.
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