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 communications, of telephone conversations, and of any other legal means of communication is inviolable.

So far there is no press release of the Court and the decision has not been published yet, there are only press articles about it. An English report (not entirely accurate) is available on mediafax.

As with the German decisions against data retention, this isn’t directly applicable to our High Court challenge. But it is extremely useful as evidence of a growing trend throughout Europe to find data retention laws constitutionally suspect.