European Data Protection Digest

EU Advocate General Urges Fix To Retention Directive

DATA RETENTION—EU

December 12, 2013

The EU’s advocate general, its top legal advisor, has urged legislators to revamp the often-controversial Data Retention Directive from 2006, GigaOM reports. The directive compels member states to transpose into law requirements for telecommunications providers to retain metadata to help combat terrorism. However, Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón said the law violates people’s fundamental right to privacy because it does not provide data security guidance for participating nations. A statement from the Court of Justice of the European Union suggests, “There is, moreover, an increased risk that the retained data might be used for unlawful purposes which are potentially detrimental to privacy or, more broadly, fraudulent or even malicious.”
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