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May 10, 2010 | Jim Killock

Data retention challenged by Digital Rights Ireland

Following rulings in Germany, Bulgaria and Romania that the Data Retention Directive is unconstitutional, Digital Rights Ireland have been given permission to challenge it in the European Court of Justice.

The Directive requires your ISP to record details of what emails you send to whom, along with the IP address given to your Internet account, and what times you connect and disconnect. The information is meant to be stored in case of investigations into serious crime, but groups such as DRI and ORG argue that it amounts to a form of mass surveillance and an abuse of our right to privacy.

The Court heard a challenge on technical grounds last year, which it rejected, while leaving the door open to a human rights challenge. ORG was a signatory to a submission from human rights groups. 

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Comments (4)

  1. S K:
    May 10, 2010 at 02:29 PM

    Its disgusting them wanting this information you wont be able to go to the toilet soon without someone knowing!

  2. D:
    May 10, 2010 at 03:39 PM

    I don't use any email address from my ISP so does the government get ISPs to somehow know what other email addresses we use eg hotmail or gmail ? How could they get ISPs to do that ? I know echelon scans all emails but that's something different

  3. windows vista iscsi:
    Feb 09, 2011 at 08:52 AM

    The Directive requires your ISP to record details of what emails you send to whom, along with the IP address given to your Internet account, and what times you connect and disconnect.

  4. Business Continuity:
    Mar 01, 2011 at 02:25 PM

    I'm having a hard time understanding how this really helps anyone. There is no business continuity in micro-monitoring and archiving online activity on the basis that it "might" someday be needed. It's a total invasion of privacy. I hope the courts shoot down the Data Retention Directive and justice prevails!



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