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EU Court Rejects Data Retention Law, But Data Retention Won't End Overnight

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, April 9 2014

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg struck down a data retention law Tuesday that required telecoms to keep customers' communications data for up to two years, declaring it violated privacy rights. However, experts warn that the ruling will have no automatic effect on relevant laws in member states, which could lead to “messy consequences.”

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The French data protection authority says that Google's new policy violates EU data protection law

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, February 29 2012

On Thursday, Google’s new privacy policy will become effective for all users. Its application, though, may turn controversial especially in Europe: the French data protection authority declared that it violates the European Union data protection law. The French organization was asked to conduct the investigation by request of the Article 29 Working Party, a body comprising representatives from the data protection authority of each EU member state, the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Commission. Read More

A New Data Protection Law for Europe: Giving Data 'Back' to Citizens?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, January 26 2012

European Commissioner Viviane Reding, photo by EU Social

Yesterday morning, European Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding officially announced the creation of a much-awaited new data protection law. The aim of the bill is to give citizens full control of their personal data available online and to provide a single set of rules for European and international companies that use this data in their business. A game-changing move that will have significant impact on how these Internet companies work. Read More