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EC To Refer Germany to European Court of Justice

DATA RETENTION—GERMANY & EU

May 30, 2012

The European Commission plans to refer Germany to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for not implementing a telecommunications data retention policy in line with the data retention directive, Reuters reports. The directive mandates that all 27 EU member states implement policies obliging telecommunications companies to retain user data for at least six months in order to aid law enforcement authorities in tracking "serious crime." In 2010, Germany's highest court rejected the German government's data retention proposal because it was a "particularly deep intrusion into telecommunications privacy." A referral to the ECJ is the final stage in infringement proceedings and can result in a fine.
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