Member States React to Commission Ruling
DATA RETENTION—EUApril 22, 2011
MEPs are opposing the European Commission on its recent ruling against five member states who have not adequately adopted the Data Retention Directive of 2006, reports Euractiv. Under the current legislation, countries can retain "swathes" of telecommunications data for a period of six months to two years. MEPs from Germany, Austria and Sweden--all of which face fines--are pushing for shortened data retention periods, or "quick freezes," and more targeted searches. Constitutional courts in the Czech Republic and Romania declared the directive violates Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. One MEP from Germany explained, "There is no evidence that the far-reaching retention of data has led to any concrete results beyond compromising civil liberties."