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UK faces potential legal action if data retention practices are not ended
Zone(s): UK, Europe ¦ Sector(s): Data Protection, Law
[24 June 2014, OUT-LAW News, legal news and guidance from Pinsent Masons] The UK government faces potential legal action if it continues to force telecoms companies to retain customer data on the basis of an EU directive which has been found to be unlawful. Legal action over the government’s continued implementation of the Data Retention Directive has been threatened by the Open Rights Group. The digital rights campaigners want the government to explain the basis on which internet service providers (ISPs) are being asked to retain records of customers’ communications after the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled earlier this year that the Data Retention Directive disproportionately infringes on individuals’ privacy rights.