A call for less retention of private data has been made by a senior EU court of justice official, he claims it breaches the rights of privacy enshrined in the core beliefs of the EU.http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2013/12/12/court_of_justice_advocate_general_says_data_retention_directive_clashes_with_privacy_rights/
A seven-year-old EU directive that requires telecoms outfits to retain details of phone calls and emails - such as traffic and location - clashes with the 28-member bloc's privacy rights for citizens, a Court of Justice Advocate General has said.
Pedro Cruz Villalón believes that the 2006 data retention directive "constitutes a serious interference with the fundamental right of citizens to privacy".
His opinion was laid down in Luxembourg this morning in response to proceedings taking place in Ireland's High Court and Austria's Constitutional Court (Verfassungsgerichtshof) where challenges have been mounted against state powers that have, it is alleged, "unlawfully" sat on, processed and gained control of communications data.
There needs to be many more opinions in the same flavour as this one, whilst the majority of the politicians who could make it happens are busy gorging themselves on the public purse and think that allowing themselves to be the arbiters of your privacy is their right this is unlikely to continue to be the case as folks take more and more extreme measures to safeguard theselves against both on-line thieves and govt data mining, one has to ask who are the bigger criminals those who honestly are out to steal from you or those who use private data to secretly undermine your life and its values for their own ends all under the hyped umbrella of terrorism, I have to say I fear the govt's intrusions in my day to day life more than any so-called potential terrorist plot.