Reaction to ECJ ruling on data retention

Comment on ECJ ruling that the Data Retention Directive is invalid

Emma Carr, deputy director of Big Brother Watch, said: “This is a landmark case. It is a basic principle of a free society that you don’t monitor people who are not under suspicion. The EU’s data retention laws privatised snooping and meant companies were paid by governments to record what we were doing and were required to store those records for a year. The Snoopers Charter has been rejected in the court of public opinion and now it has been rejected by the highest court in Europe. We need to get back to a point where the police monitor people who are actually suspected of wrong doing and rather than wasting millions every year requiring data to be stored on an indiscriminate basis.”