Data retention held unconstitutional in Slovenia

The Slovenian Constitutional Court has ruled data retention to be unconstitutional and ordered deletion of  data collected under the law. Following an application by the Slovenian Information Commissioner the court held that data retention is disproportionate on the basis that:...
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Surveillance in Ireland: towards transparency

Where can you find the annual reports of the judges who oversee surveillance in Ireland? What is the agreement under which Irish ISPs provide communications data to gardaí? In what cases have the courts considered interception of communications under Irish law? What internal...
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One year after Snowden: Where are we now?

It’s now a year since Edward Snowden went public with evidence of mass surveillance and extensive abuses by the NSA, GCHQ and other intelligence agencies. What has changed since then? A global study published today examines responses by governments, parliaments, media and...
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ECJ says: EU-mandated mass surveillance “entails an interference with the fundamental rights of practically the entire European population”

Europe’s highest court has given a judgement in the challenge taken by Irish human rights advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) to the EU’s regime of Data Retention and mass surveillance. The Court has found that data retention “entails a wide-ranging and particularly...
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European Court ruling condemns mass surveillance

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice today gave an important opinion in our favour in a case brought by Digital Rights Ireland to challenge European mass surveillance law. The challenge – which we started in 2006 – is to the Data Retention Directive....
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Data retention threatens journalists also

Henry McDonald in today’s Guardian has an alarming story about Garda surveillance of crime journalists, including routine monitoring of their mobile phone calls and messages: Journalists in Ireland have raised concerns about the country’s draconian gagging orders on...
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Garda who abused phone records to spy on ex will not be prosecuted, will keep job

Recent media reports have confirmed that a Garda detective sergeant will not face criminal prosecution and will keep her job despite abusing the data retention system to spy on an ex-boyfriend. In November 2010 the annual report of the judge who oversees the data retention system...
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Judge’s report reveals allegations that Garda used phone records to spy on her ex

Mark Tighe has an important story in today’s Sunday Times about apparent abuse by a garda of the data retention system. Unfortunately it’s behind a paywall, but I’ve taken the liberty of scanning the hardcopy and placing it here as it raises a number of...
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Leaked report on Data Retention Directive shows fundamental flaws

Under Article 14 of the Data Retention Directive the Commission must produce a public evaluation of the application of the Directive before 15 September 2010. A draft version of that document has now been leaked (along with the Irish Government’s submission) and makes for...
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Data Retention Challenge – High Court update

After last week’s excitement, this week is something of an anti-climax – when the case came back before the High Court today the State applied for and were granted further time to consider the judgment. The case will be listed next on June 11th.
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