EU court could force limit on retention of phone data

A European Court of Justice judgment due on Tuesday could force the government to relax the law on retention of details of phone calls by telecoms providers.

31st January, 2009

A European Court of Justice judgment due on Tuesday could force the government to relax the law on retention of details of phone calls by telecoms providers.

Ireland claims that the court should annul the 2006 Data Retention Directive on the grounds that it was adopted on the wrong legal basis. The directive requires telecoms firms to keep details of customers’ calls for only two years, compared to three years at present in Ireland.

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