European Data Protection Digest

Irish Agencies Target Phone/Internet Records; Privacy Actions Up 22 Percent

DATA PROTECTION—UK & IRELAND

July 25, 2013

According to the Irish Times, Irish authorities have made 27 times as many requests for users’ phone and Internet records than their Austrian counterparts. The information stems from a hearing in the European Court of Justice, which is considering the legality of the Data Retention Directive. Meanwhile, research by legal publisher Sweet & Maxwell indicates that the use of privacy laws in the UK is shifting to combat Big Brother’s retention of individuals’ personal information, according to The Independent. While overall “privacy actions” have increased 22 percent in the most recent 12 month period, a decreasing share—from 47 percent the previous year to 11 percent in the past year—has been the result of celebrity complainants. Analysts muse that the trend represents individuals’ growing concerns over the privacy of their personal data.
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