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It said the rule would infringe on basic rights

Telecom companies will not be required to hold onto the communications data of citizens of the European Union for up to two years thanks to a recent ruling. 

According to Reuters, the European Union's highest court decided that such a rule would infringe on basic rights, and that it "exceeded the limits of proportionality."

The directive was brought forward in March 2006 after the bombings on public transport in Madrid and London took place. This would allow authorities to better investigate terrorist acts.


But the rule isn't suited for all in the EU. Germany, for example, has strict privacy rules and could have faced penalties if the court had upheld the March 2006 directive. Germany's Constitutional Court blocked a law in 2010 to store all data for six months, and the government aimed to present a new law.

"The Court takes the view that, by requiring the retention of those data and by allowing the competent national authorities to access those data, the directive interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data," said the court.

"Furthermore, the fact that data are retained and subsequently used without the subscriber or registered user being informed is likely to generate in the persons concerned a feeling that their private lives are the subject of constant surveillance."

Sources: Reuters, EU



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EU - 1, US - 0
By NellyFromMA on 4/8/2014 2:07:30 PM , Rating: 5
Doesn't anyone else think it's kind of odd that the EU respected the US constitution more than the US does?

Just saying.




RE: EU - 1, US - 0
By tayb on 4/8/2014 2:21:38 PM , Rating: 3
They also passed strong net neutrality laws that will help keep the internet free and open.

Here in the states we are about to allow Comcast and TWC merge and we recently abolished our net neutrality laws. It's a real shame.


RE: EU - 1, US - 0
By TSS on 4/8/2014 7:53:54 PM , Rating: 2
Eh, only the europian courts.

Let's not forget it was the EU commission who first ordered this directive, then the EU parlement which approved it. If they wheren't atleast as corrupt as the US politicians that'd never happened. And hey, atleast you guys get to vote for your shill of a president.

I'll be a happy camper when the EU crashes and burns. Which'd already happened if japan didn't export it's deflation. Remember the whole eurocrisis with Spain practically going bankrupt? Their 5 year treasuries now have a lower interest rate then US 5 years. With 26% unemployment. Funny how you don't hear that on the news though.

If there's anything i'll remember and tell my kids/grandkids it's how ridicolously far collective denial will get you. No sane person, even most of the insane people, will look at the figures today and claim they make any sense. The solution? Simply don't look! Then when things do fall down, you can claim in all honesty that you "don't know what happened". I've always wondered how people could say that after the most horrific events in history...


RE: EU - 1, US - 0
By BZDTemp on 4/9/2014 7:27:07 AM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure that "corrupt" isn't the word you should be using in this case. After all it is not like someone has been giving those politicians money to vote that way, in fact since the industry is against the whole idea then had there been corruption they would have been against the idea.

Instead of corrupt I'd suggest power hungry and paranoid, after all the whole thing is about control not money.

As for wanting the EU to crash I think that is a pretty stupid desire. The EU has done a lot of good and continues to do so. In some ways it means that the rich EU countries are bailing out the less fortunate, but on a whole even those well off countries see huge benefits from the EU.

PS. Ad for Spain's unemployment rate not being in the news then guess what. It has been pretty much like that the last two years so it is not news.


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