Most interestingly, a further amendment requires judicial authorisation before retained data can be accessed. This would be a major change to UK law, where government agencies can currently self-authorise access to communications data.
The LIBE rapporteur commented:
"Surely the Council will not be happy with this. On the other hand you really have to consider how much the Parliament has already moved, how much people - including myself - have moved away from what they were initially up to, how much they have done to achieve a compromise. The Council has not moved at all for the last half a year. We are now expecting them to demonstrate that they want a compromise."