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Member States Face Infringement Proceedings

DATA RETENTION—EU

April 19, 2011

The EU Commission has announced that it will "begin infringement proceedings against member states that have failed to transpose the EU's Data Retention Directive of 2006 into national law," according to the European Voice. A commission evaluation found "huge disparities in the way that member states use the EU obligation on telecommunications providers to retain location and traffic data on e-mails and telephone calls." Several member states, including Germany, considered it "'nonsensical' if the commission insisted on the transposition of a directive that was about to be amended," the article states. European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström "conceded that the directive was in 'need of improvement' but stressed that data retention was 'crucial in solving crimes.'"
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