EDPS Denounces Directive
PRIVACY LAW—EUJune 1, 2011
European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx said Tuesday that the 2006 directive on data retention does not adequately meet privacy and data protection requirements, Deutsche Welle reports. The directive has "failed to meet its main purpose," Hustinx said in his 16-page opinion, adding that the need for data retention "as provided for in the Data Retention Directive has not been sufficiently demonstrated." Hustinx is calling on the European Commission to consider repealing the directive for a more "targeted EU measure." Cecilia Malmström, commissioner for home affairs, recently said the five countries that have not yet implemented the directive would face legal action, though she noted the directive's "serious shortcomings."