European Court ruling calls into question UK data retention law

The European Court of Justice has ruled that bulk retention of people’s data, except for purposes of combating serious crime, is a serious infringement of our rights to privacy.

The European Court of Justice ruled that the UK’s Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA), which expires on 31 December 2016, was unlawful because it allowed for the general and indiscriminate retention of our data. The ruling could be problematic for the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, which replaces DRIPA and largely replicates the contested laws in question.

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