Opinion: Directive Should Be Repealed
DATA RETENTION—EUJune 30, 2011
The European directive on data retention remains as contentious today as it did when it passed parliament five years ago, writes German MEP Alexander Alvaro in EurActiv. Privacy concerns and "flawed and inconsistent data retention practices" demonstrate the law's ineffectiveness, Alvaro says, adding that eight of the 19 member states that have implemented the directive have imposed stricter laws than the directive intended--retaining data for all criminal offenses and not just for the prevention of serious crimes. "The commission should listen to its own data and repeal the directive," Alvaro writes.