Data Retention: eco on the ECJ Ruling

The European Court of Justice today ruled that the German regulations on blanket data retention are not compatible with EU law. eco – Association of the Internet Industry welcomes this judgement.

eco Chair of the Board Oliver Süme has the following to say:

“The general and indiscriminate retention of traffic data must be the exception and not the norm. The ECJ ruling on German data retention is therefore an important milestone and underscores that fundamental rights must also be respected online. In order to finally reverse data retention in Germany, the German federal government must now do its homework: In addition to the pending decision of the German Federal Administrative Court, we urgently need a law to repeal the current regulations. Not only the companies, but also the citizens, finally need legal certainty in dealing with data retention. I hope that the traffic light coalition will settle their internal discussions and remove data retention from the law as quickly as possible, as promised by Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann.”

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