European Data Protection Digest

Justice Minister Seeks Delay of Retention Directive

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

January 9, 2014

EUObserver reports German Justice Minister Heiko Maas wants to delay making the EU Data Retention Directive law. Maas’ announcement comes amidst “legal action by the European Commission and despite the fact two leading parties in Germany's grand coalition want to go ahead,” the report states, noting he “hails from the centre-left SPD party, which wants to postpone it.” The report details the recent debate in Germany on data retention. Germany is expected to “further delay its implementation of the Data Retention Directive despite facing potential financial penalties of more than 300,000 euros for each day it fails to transpose it into national law,” Out-Law.com reports.
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