EU High Court Voids Data Retention Law Over Privacy Worries

Law360, New York (April 08, 2014, 3:27 PM ET) -- The highest court in the European Union on Tuesday struck down a data retention law requiring telephone and electronic communications providers to keep user traffic and location metadata, ruling its usefulness in fighting crime does not justify its threat to personal privacy.

The European Court of Justice invalidated the bloc’s data protection directive on the grounds that it impermissibly interfered with the principles of personal data protection and respect for private life enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU.

The 2006 directive, adopted...
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