European data retention rule could violate fundamental E.U. law, Austrian court says

Storing people's telecoms data for law enforcement purposes might violate E.U. law, an Austrian court said

By Loek Essers, IDG News Service |  IT Management

German lawmakers said last year they doubted the validity of the directive because the law takes disproportionate measures to fight crime. Despite increases in data retention, the rate of solved crimes has risen only slightly, they said at the time.

Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to loek_essers@idg.com

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