[ffii] Commissioner Malmström delays revocation of EU data retention directi ve

Office FFII e.V. office at ffii.org
Mon Apr 18 18:29:39 CEST 2011

[ privacy / data retention / Europe ]
Commissioner Malmström delays revocation of EU data retention directive

Brussels, April 18th - Today the European Commission adopted an evaluation
report of the data retention directive. EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström
presented the report at a Brussels press conference.

"Cecilia Malmström artificially delays an overdue revocation of the data
retention directive and only presents an evaluation report instead",
comments FFII network expert Stephan Uhlmann.

Transposition of the directive has been uneven, controversial and the
differences between the legislations adopted by Member States create
irritations. Malmström admitted the directive does not guarantee that data
is stored, retrieved and used in full compliance with the right to privacy
and protection of personal data, and this has led courts to annul the
legislation transposing the Directive in some Member States.

"Member states are unable to transpose the directive properly. The
European Parliament has to be invoked. Cecilia Malmström gives us the
runaround and holds the democratic legislator at bay", comments André
Rebentisch from the FFII.

Following the "evaluation" the Commission would now "review the current
data retention rules, in consultation with the police and the judiciary,
industry, data protection authorities, and civil society with a view to
proposing an improved legal framework."


Press conference Cecilia Malmström

EU Commission data retention evaluation report, COM(2011) 225 final

German civil society declaration of AK Vorrat

Directive 2006/24/EC - Data Retention Directive

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