EU: MANDATORY DATA RETENTION: Data Retention Directive evaluation: expect the unexpected? (Bits of Freedom, link)


EU: MANDATORY DATA RETENTION: Data Retention Directive evaluation: expect the unexpected? (Bits of Freedom, link):

"The evaluation of the controversial Data Retention Directive takes an unexpected turn, for the worse. At a crucial one-day conference in Brussels, aimed at gathering input for the evaluation, long-term critic of the Directive Commissioner Malmström (Home Affairs) surprisingly announced that ‘data retention is here to stay’."

Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said of the "notorious" Directive

"Let me underline this today: retaining communication and location data of all persons in the EU, whenever they use the telephone or the internet, constitutes a huge interference with the right to privacy of all citizens. The Directive is without doubt the most privacy invasive instrument ever adopted by the EU in terms of scale and the number of people it affects."

- Commissioner Cecilia Malmström speech: Taking on the Data Retention Directive (3 December 2010, pdf)
- European Data Protection Supervisor: speech (3 December 2010, pdf) and Press release (pdf)
- Data retention conference, 3 December 2010: Discussion paper (pdf)
- Note on the consultation meeting, 3 December 2010 (pdf)

- Civil society letter to Commissioner, September 2010 (pdf)
- NGO Letter to EU Commissioners rejecting the Directive on mandatory data retention (pdf)
- Joint Statement by the Panoptykon Foundation and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (pdf)
- Directive on the retention of data generated or processed in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks and amending Directive 2002/58/EC (pdf)

See also: Statewatch Observatory: The surveillance of telecommunications in the EU: on the controversial adoption of the Directive and what followed

 

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