Sunday, April 09, 2006

Data retention directive goes too far

Peter HustinxPeter Hustinx, the EU Data Protection Supervisor, thinks that the EU's Data Retention Directive (driven by our own Home Secretary Charles Clarke) is a gross invasion of privacy (thanks, Dave!):

"I believe that politicians, people - you, I, everyone else - have to be aware of the real threats. At the same time, that is not going to justify disproportionate solutions - it is going to hurt the texture of trust and confidence... I think we have reached a point that more and more people start wondering whether legislation is getting excessive and that is a good thing. We have to build in safeguards and keep asking the question of 'is this necessary?'."

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