Press Release on German Data Retention Decision

The civil rights organisation which brought the successful challenge to data retention before the German Constitutional Court has now issued a press release on that decision. Here’s the full text: Press release by the German Working Group on Data Retention (AK Vorrat) 2...
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German Constitutional Court strikes down data retention law

Great news from Germany, where the Federal Constitutional Court has found data retention law to be incompatible with the right to privacy under the German Constitution. More thoughts on the decision and the implications for our own case at a later stage, but for the meantime...
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English translation of Romanian data retention decision now available

Last month the Romanian Constitutional Court issued an important decision holding that national data retention laws were unconstitutional and in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. The full text of that judgment is now available in English and makes cheering...
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Data Retention Bill at Committee Stage

The Data Retention Bill goes to Committee Stage before the Dáil today. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties have put together some excellent submissions on how the Bill should be amended to protect fundamental rights – a copy is here. Séan Sherlock (Lab.) is also on top of...
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Romanian Constitutional Court finds data retention law unconstitutional

From an email by Bogdan Manolea: The Romanian Constitutional Court declared, yesterday afternoon, the data retention law (law 298/2008) as unconstitutional, as it breaches art 28 of the Romanian Constitution which provides that secrecy of the letters, telegrams and other postal...
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Data Retention – Should it be left to a private agreement between the State and Telcos?

Karlin Lillington has a strong piece in today’s Irish Times about a leaked draft agreement on data retention between state agencies (the Garda Síochána, Revenue and Defence Forces) and the telecoms industry (represented by ALTO, TIF and the ISPAI). Her comments are worth...
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More thoughts on the Data Retention Bill

Daithi MacSithigh has put together a summary of problems with the Bill – cross posted here with his permission: The Minister for Justice in Ireland published the Communications (Retention of Data) Bill last week: it was made available on the Oireachtas website (and brought...
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“If you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear”

Speaking on the Last Word with Matt Cooper earlier today FF TD Niall Collins trotted out that old canard – “if you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear” – in relation to the new data retention bill. Curiously, when asked if he’d be...
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German court rules that data retention “violates fundamental right to privacy”

Good news from our friends in the German Working Group against Data Retention: As the first German court, the Administrative Court of Wiesbaden has found the blanket recording of the entire population’s telephone, mobile phone, e-mail and Internet usage (known as data...
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Department of Justice continues tradition of secrecy on data retention

You might have noticed Karlin Lillington’s story in the Irish Times today about the Department of Justice’s new proposals on data retention. To make a long story short, it turns out that the Attorney General was not impressed with its remarkable plans to change the...
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