Courts in several European nations have already found that the blanket data retention called for in the measure is unconstitutional.
“There is no rational evidence of the need for Written Declaration 29,” Rodriguez said, adding that “the Directive that it extends has proven not only unpopular” but is in apparent violation of European civil rights guarantees.

“Five states haven’t even adopted the directive Written Declaration 29 is supposed to extend, and courts in Ireland and Germany have found that data retention legislation is unconstitutional," she said.

"Moreover it may be in violation of the European Constitution of Human Rights. It just comes at the wrong time and we don’t see that it has much future.”

Monday, July 12, 2010
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