Diplomats from EU countries have been asked to determine whether they want new data retention rules ahead of a meeting to discuss the draft ePrivacy legislation in September.
Estonia, which is leading countries’ discussions on EU laws until the end of this year, asked national delegations after a meeting in July whether they want to add new rules to the draft bill as a way to require telecoms companies to store consumers’ personal data for a set amount of time, according to a draft memo that was leaked by the NGO Statewatch.
Justice ministers from EU countries have already agreed that they “should examine all legislative and non-legislative options to address the data retention issue, including in the context of the proposed e-Privacy Regulation.”
Any change to add data storage requirements to the ePrivacy law will be controversial. The European Court of Justice ruled an EU-wide law requiring data retention illegal in 2014. Last year, the court knocked down a similar Swedish law. But some other EU countries still have national data retention legislation.