Bulgarian Court Latest To Strike Down Data Retention Law

Law360, New York (March 17, 2015, 8:48 PM EDT) -- Bulgaria's constitutional court has struck down the country's law requiring telecommunications service providers to retain user data for at least a year to aid national security and other criminal investigations, marking the latest invalidation of such requirements in the European Union.

In a decision announced Thursday, the court declared unconstitutional the Bulgarian Electronic Communications Act provisions mandating that public electronic communications networks or services hold on to traffic and other noncontent subscriber data for at least 12 months, “for the needs of the national security as well as for the detection of crimes.”

The court did not offer an explanation for...

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