Data Retention Directive Criticised

The EU supervisory body for data protection has criticised the EU’s 2006 data retention directive, saying that it has “failed to meet its main purpose” and “the necessity of data retention as provided for in the Data Retention Directive has not been sufficiently demonstrated.”

“The EDPS calls upon the Commission to consider seriously all options in the impact assessment including the possibility of repealing the Directive, either per se or combined with a proposal for an alternative, more targeted EU measure.”

This could help TalkTalk and BT as they launch a fresh legal challenge to the UK’s Digital Economy Act, which was rushed through in what’s known as ‘the wash-up’ by the Labour government (with Conservative support) with only two hours debate. The Bill was introduced and pushed through by Marrakesh Mandy.

Nick Clegg himself  said that the Act “badly needs to be repealed” and we know he always keeps his word. Sadly, his remarks were subsequently ‘clarified’ – he meant what he said but not all of it and he didn’t mean it in the way we all thought he meant it. I hope that’s clear.

“We did our best to prevent the Digital Economy Bill being rushed through at the last moment. It badly needed more debate and amendment, and we are extremely worried that it will now lead to completely innocent people having their internet connections cut off.

It was far too heavily weighted in favour of the big corporations and those who are worried about too much information becoming available. It badly needs to be repealed, and the issues revisited.”

In the meantime, if you don’t feel you can wait for either Nick Clegg or the EU, go and have a look at Tor.


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