Data Retention Legislation “Invalid”

Controversial legislation which required telecoms businesses to capture and store customer data for two years has been ruled invalid within the European Court of Justice.

The legislation was first introduced in 2006, and enabled government and law enforcement agencies to require internet and phone providers to store customers’ online activities, emails and telephone calls, for up-to two years.

It was suggested that the information was to be stored, so that if it was needed within a police investigation, it could be easily accessible.

However, a hearing within the European Court of Justice – which came about following complaints from Ireland and Austria – ruled that the legislation was excessively intrusive, and represented a privacy threat.

The ruling also suggested that the legislation raised serious concerns regarding how data is stored and protected; and following the ruling, governments within the European Union are now required to draft new legislation in relation to data security.

Whilst the latest ruling from the European Court of Justice aims to improve data privacy within the European Union; for those who are pursuing a human rights case within the courts, our experienced human rights solicitors in London can assist.

Our London solicitors are experienced in handling a range of cases, from those relating to Article 2 of the ECHR through to Articles 9, 10 and 11 of the ECHR; whilst we have also acted in ground-breaking human rights cases on key areas protected by the European Convention on Human Rights.

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