European Data Protection Digest

EC Informs DAPIX of DRD Consultation

DATA RETENTION—EU

January 20, 2012

EDRi reports on a paper sent from the European Commission (EC) to the Council of the European Union's Working Group on Information Exchange and Data Protection (DAPIX) on the EC's consultation about the Data Retention Directive (DRD). Taking place in April 2011, the consultation highlighted components of the DRD that the EC would like to address, according to the report. The EC says "there is a continued perception that there is little evidence at an EU and national level on the value of data retention in terms of public security and criminal justice nor of what alternatives have been considered." The document ends by reportedly asking, "What are the most effective ways of demonstrating value of data retention in general and of the DRD itself?"
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