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Court: EU Retention Rule Could Breach Law

DATA RETENTION—AUSTRIA & EU

December 20, 2012

The Constitutional Court of Austria has asked the European Court of Justice to consider whether the EU Data Retention Directive contravenes fundamental EU law, IDG News Service reports. The rules requiring nations to retain large amounts of personal information for law enforcement purposes—including electronic communications and location data—may be an invasion of citizens’ privacy, said the Austrian court. Constitutional Court of Austria President Gerhart Holzinger noted, “We doubt that the EU Data Retention Directive is really compatible with the rights that are guaranteed by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.”
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