The EU Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC) ("the directive"), which requires European telecommunications providers to retain certain communications data for up to two years, has created a significant compliance burden for providers operating across the EU. In addition to this complaint from industry, civil liberties groups continue to oppose the directive on human rights and data privacy grounds. Add to this the more general fears in Europe over foreign governments’ access to data that is under the control of cloud computing service providers, and it’s easy to see why the European Commission’s review of the directive (and of the entire data protection framework in Europe) is timely. But progress has stalled. This article explores why, and explains the related concerns over law enforcement access to data in the cloud.
Objections to the Directive
The Commission’s Evaluation Report and Drive for Reform
Confusion Over Law Enforcement Data Access Powers Abounds
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