EU-Data Retention Directive invalid

The EU-Court of Justice declares the EU-Data Retention Directive to be invalid.

The EU-Court of Justice takes the view that, by requiring the retention of traffic and location data (generated or processed by providers of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks) and by allowing the competent national authorities to access those data, the EU-Data Retention Directive interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being limited to what is strictly necessary.

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