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October 6 2015

Germany Toughens Up On Data Retention

German policymakers have moved to strengthen data retention laws, insisting that information will only be stored in Germany, and for much shorter periods, after the European Court of Justice struck down EU legislation that required data storage for longer periods. In 2010, Germany's constitutional court struck down a previous data retention bill on grounds that it violated users' privacy by broadly collecting and storing data from all users. That law allowed for data storage in Germany, or other EU countries, for six months. The new draft bill states that data must be stored in Germany, which has been rocked by revelations over US data espionage since 2013.