Archive for the ‘Data Retention’ Category

Data Retention Directive is incompatible with EU citizens’ Right to Privacy says Advocate General

December 19, 2013

EU Advocate Generals give advice on specific areas of law to the European Court of Justice, who are due to rule in Feburary on two cases brought before the ECJ, on whether or not the current Data Retention Directive is compatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights. These cases were joined together to deal with issues raised by Digital Rights Ireland and the Austrian Constitutional Court. (more…)

EU Parliament Rejects ACTA

July 4, 2012

This morning the EU Parliament voted to reject ACTA. The result was 478 MEPs voted against ACTA, 39 were in favour of adopting it and there were 165 abstentions. Despite 22 EU member states including Ireland having signed the Agreement, this vote means it cannot now be ratified by any EU country. ISPAI recognises the need for international agreements to protect business from counterfeit goods and to deter piracy of copyrighted works but ACTA had (more…)

Retention of Data Bill 2009 *UPDATE

January 28, 2011

The Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2009, was signed into law by the President on the 26th Jan. 2011, being renamed the “Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011 (No 3 of 2011)”. ISPs providing Internet services to the public are now obliged to retain certain data, as set out in the Act, identifying the occurrence of a communication (but not about the content of the communication itself). This must be done for every user, (more…)

Retention of Data Bill 2009 *UPDATE

January 20, 2011

ISPAI regrets that the Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2009, with its current text, was passed in the Seanad yesterday despite the trojan efforts of non-government Senators who argued the amendments (which were defeated) aimed at giving greater clarity to the legislation and particularly to minimise its potential to put Ireland at a cost disadvantage to our EU neighbours for Internet based business

ISPAI Highlights Data Retention Concerns as Bill Comes to Final Stage in Seanad

January 19, 2011

The Communications (Retention of Data) Bill, 2009 reaches its final stages in the Seanad on Thursday 20 th January. This is required to transpose the flawed European Directive of 2006 that was supposed to harmonise Data Retention across Member States. In fact it has done quite the opposite. It is being challenged in the courts in many countries and in fact Ireland challenged it at the European Court for technical reasons. (more…)