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Huge EU Win: Data Retention Directive Declared Invalid

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - This is getting worrying. Last week, we had two big wins: the European Parliament voted in favour of both net neutrality and open clinical trial data. I expected the latter, but was worried the former might be watered down. In the event, a surprisingly strong version was passed. We're not there yet: the final version is not yet fixed, and could still be sabotaged, but the huge majority for the current text will make it hard and dangerous from a democratic viewpoint to do that.

Against that background, I hardly dared to hope that an arguably bigger decision would go in our favour, but that is exactly what has just happened. The Court of Justice of the European Union, the EU's highest court, has just ruled blanket data retention illegal [.pdf]: