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Digital Rights Groups Oppose Blanket Retention

DATA RETENTION—EU

September 28, 2011

More than 30 civil liberties organizations have signed and submitted a letter to the European Commission voicing opposition to the blanket retention of telecommunications data required under the EU Data Retention Directive, PCWorld reports. In the letter to Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, the groups argue that the retention of data is disproportionate and "therefore illegal" under the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, the report states. The groups also query whether the practice has a "demonstrable, statistically significant impact on the prevalence or the investigation of serious crime in a given member state..."
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