European Data Protection Digest

German Crime Stats Raise Questions

DATA RETENTION—EU

June 10, 2011

Newly released German crime statistics suggest that the retention of telecommunications data does not have a positive impact on crime-solving, according to a group that opposes the blanket retention of such data. PCWorld reports that a spokesperson for the German Working Group on Data Retention says, "The truth is that with targeted investigations of suspects, we live just as safely as we would with a policy of indiscriminate retention of all communications data." The statistics published by German police come on the heels of criticism from European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx, who recently denounced the European Data Retention Directive, saying it fails "to meet its main purpose."
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