Data Retention Directive Evaluation reveals Lack of Unity & Risks to Privacy


The European Commission recently carried out the required evaluation of Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC. The Directive was created as a response to urgent security breaches in Europe, and the current evaluation report shows that retained data has played an important role in protecting the public against serious crimes.

Worryingly the Directive does not guarantee that all retained data that are stored and used are in full compliance with the public’s right to privacy. This serious shortcoming means that some Member States have refused to adopt the Directive.

The European Commission now plans to review current data retention rules, and will consult relevant stakeholders such as judiciary, industry and civil society to propose an improved legal framework.

Read more about the European Commission’s recent evaluation