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Council of the EU wants data retention without cause - Germany joins in
29.5.19
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"On 7 June 2019, the EU Council will vote on the further planning of an EU-wide data retention of telecommunications data. Concrete proposals only exist for mass surveillance without cause - Germany should not support this. One day before, on 6 June 2019, the EU Commission will hold a discussion with non-governmental organisations on the subject.

Monitoring with a vengeance

Germany wants to agree to the planning of new data retention measures - despite judgments by the European Court of Justice and the Federal Constitutional Court, ongoing constitutional complaints and studies proving the dangers and uselessness of data retention. Investigations of the Amri and the NSU [National Socialist Underground] cases have revealed that there is no lack of monitoring - the problem lies in errors of authorities."

Summary translation of: EU-Rat will anlasslose Vorratsdatenspeicherung – Deutschland macht mit (Digital Courage, link): further detail and extensive documentation (pdfs):

Background

Council wants a "comprehensive study" on data retention that considers "a future legislative initiative" (Statewatch News, 10 April 2019)

The "reflection process" on data retention: working documents discussed by Council published (Statewatch News, 28 February 2018)

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