EU court rules data-retention law invalid
The highest court in the EU shot down a law requiring Internet and phone providers to retain user data.
The European Court of Justice said the law, which requires data to be retained for up to two years, needs to set tighter guidelines on what the retained data can be used for and when authorities are allowed to access it. As it stands, the court says the law violates citizens’ “fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.” The court agrees with the overall concept of the law, but wants authorities to be required to handle such sensitive information with more care. Source: Wall Street Journal