EU: Data retention (1)

Council to agree to drop its proposal on mandatory data retention - because of its incorrect legal basis and let the Commission proposal go forward, but want the European Parliament to put it through at "first reading": Council doc. no: 13036/05 (10.10.05) Current Council draft: Council draft text, 10.10.05

Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor, comments: "Five member states introduced the proposal in eighteen months ago (April 2004) and still have not sorted out a number of "outstanding questions" in the Council. Now they have the cheek to "pursue" the European Parliament to rush it through on first reading as if it was an uncontroversial measure. Now the legal basis has been sorted, the parliament should take all the time it needs to properly consider a measure which will put all the communications of everyone in Europe under surveillance for the foreseeable future"


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