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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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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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