EU Must Limit Police Access To User Data: Privacy Groups

Law360, New York (September 28, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT) -- European Digital Rights and other privacy groups called for the European Commission to specify the circumstances in which police could access private information under a data retention directive, prodding the commission Monday to define what it meant by “serious crime.”

The European Union implemented the Data Retention Directive in 2006, calling for telecommunications companies to retain the name and address of the user of an Internet Protocol address, as well as the time, date, and duration of phone calls and email logins, among other items. The...
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