German Lawmakers Say Directive May Be Illegal
PRIVACY LAW—EUApril 28, 2011
The European Commission's Data Retention Directive may be illegal, the German Parliament has said. A report from the Bundestag's Working Group on data retention says the directive is incompatible with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; the directive's requirement that service providers retain data for two years is disproportionate with crime-fighting measures, "as data retention increases the crime clearance rate only slightly," CIO reports. A spokesperson for Bundestag's Working Group said that the EU "must abort this experiment immediately and replace the completely disproportionate blanket collection of the entire population's communications records" with one that only collects data on suspects.