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Commission Sends Sweden Back to Court

PRIVACY LAW—EU & SWEDEN

April 7, 2011

The European Commission has referred Sweden back to the European Court of Justice for a second time for failing to implement the Data Retention Directive into national law, Reuters reports. In February 2010, the court condemned Sweden for failing to implement the directive, which requires telecommunications companies and Internet service providers to retain online traffic and location data for law enforcement purposes. The implementation deadline for all member states was more than three years ago. The commission asks that the court impose monetary penalties for each day Sweden is not in compliance. Though draft legislation was submitted to Sweden's parliament in December, the vote was deferred for another 12 months in March.
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