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EU Considers Shortening Data Retention Periods

PRIVACY LAW—EU

December 7, 2010

As European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx calls for a clear demonstration of the necessity for the Data Retention Directive, EurActiv reports the European Commission may look to shorter data retention periods. "The evaluation we are currently waiting for is the moment of truth for the Data Retention Directive," Hustinx said last week. "Evidence is required that it constitutes a necessary and proportionate measure. Without such proof, the directive should be withdrawn or replaced by a less privacy-invasive instrument which meets the requirements of necessity and proportionality." EU Internal Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has said, "We may need to agree on more harmonized, and possibly shorter, retention periods."
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