Sunday, December 7, 2014

State Taken to Court about Preservation of Data

The massive data collection regarding the internet, email and telephone behavior of all Dutch citizens has to be stopped immediately.  That is the demand of a court case brought by the Dutch Association of Criminal Lawyers, The Journalists’ Trade Union (NVJ) and the Privacy First Foundation.  Earlier this year, the European Court of Justice decided that the recording of phone and internet data was a heavy attack on privacy.  It remains unclear to what extent this collection of data was necessary for the fight against terrorism and criminality. Since 2009, all telecom companies are required to maintain, during one year, data on who called whom and when, and from what location.  Internet providers have to be able to tell, during half a year, who emailed whom and when, and when somebody logged in or out of the internet.

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