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The European Court of Justice has declared invalid the European Data Retention Directive

The European Court of Justice has declared invalid the European Data Retention Directive

The European Court of Justice has declared invalid the European Data Retention Directive

The European Court of Justice has declared invalid the EU Data Retention Directive following a challenge brought by Digital Rights Ireland, finding the directive to be "an interference with the fundamental rights of practically the entire European population".

Ignore for a moment the bureaucratic term "data retention". Concealed behind that dull language the directive established a type of mass surveillance which requires internet service providers (ISPs) and telephone companies to record details about your location, your text messages, your emails and your internet use.


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