Ludford: Landmark EU judgement throws a spanner in the works of increased state surveillance

Baroness Sarah Ludford MEP

The European Court of Justice has today declared “invalid” the Data Retention Directive, an EU law requiring telecoms firms to store citizens’ communications data for up to two years.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat MEP and Home Affairs Spokesperson in the European Parliament Sarah Ludford said: 

“It is a vindication of the Lib Dem rejection of this pernicious Directive in 2005 that the EU’s highest court finds the obligation on telecoms companies to retain records of our calls and emails for access by national agencies an unjustified invasion of privacy and breach of human rights.

“This landmark judgement throws a spanner in the works of ¬†increased state surveillance. It chimes with the recent call by Liberal Democrats for a ‘Digital Bill of Rights’ and an end to government bulk collection of data and the establishment by Nick Clegg of an independent review into surveillance practices.”

Notes to Editors

Today’s European Court of Justice ruling can be found here: http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2014-04/cp140054en.pdf

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