EU Legal Adviser Says Data Law Needs Privacy Overhaul

Law360, New York (December 12, 2013, 5:04 PM EST) -- The European Union’s top legal adviser on Thursday challenged the legislature to fix the EU’s data retention law — which mandates that communications providers record and keep consumer metadata — because it doesn’t provide adequate privacy protections.

First Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalon said in an opinion submitted to the European Court of Justice that the Data Retention Directive is incompatible with the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights because it interferes with citizens’ rights to privacy by forcing telephone and electronic communications services to collect and...
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