The Data Retention Act, which is about Big Brother getting out of control, is being rolled out across the European Union. I’ve posted about it on a number of occasions, including here and here.
The story has taken an interesting turn with a German court pronouncing it invalid. Specifically:
“The court is of the opinion that data retention violates the fundamental right to privacy. It is not necessary in a democratic society. The individual does not provoke the interference but can be intimidated by the risks of abuse and the feeling of being under surveillance […] The directive [on data retention] does not respect the principle of proportionality guaranteed in Article 8 ECHR, which is why it is invalid.”
It seems to me this is going to hot up a little in the UK.
The link to the whole article is on the vorratsdatenspeicherung website 🙂
My thanks to James Blessing for this link.