European Data Protection Digest

Leaked Memo Raises Concerns

DATA RETENTION—EU

February 13, 2012

PCWorld reports that a number of European digital rights groups have called for a ban on blanket data retention after the leak of a European Commission (EC) internal memo highlighting issues with the current data retention directive. Published by The German Working Group on Data Retention (AK Vorrat), the leaked memo lists issues the EC thinks should be fixed. An AK Vorrat representative said, "The commission has failed to prove the necessity of the data retention directive...Instead the commission is asking the EU member states for arbitrary examples of benefits of data retention. This obliterates any trust in the impartiality of the commission." The EC is expected to release proposed directive reforms in July.
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