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Parliamentary questions
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6 September 2019
Question for written answer E-002673-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sophia in 't Veld (Renew) , Morten Petersen (Renew) , Moritz Körner (Renew) , Antony Hook (Renew) , Anna Júlia Donáth (Renew) , Irina Von Wiese (Renew) , Olivier Chastel (Renew)

 Subject:  Review of 10 000 criminal court verdicts in the light of data retention errors

On 18 August 2019, the Danish authorities announced that 10 700 criminal court verdicts handed down since 2012 will be reviewed because of errors in the telecommunications tracking data that was used as evidence. The problems, stemming partly from police IT systems and partly from telecommunication systems, gave rise to a two-month ban on the use of telecommunications data by prosecutors while the errors and potential consequences are investigated(1).

With respect to the above:
Is the Commission aware of the abovementioned case and of similar problems in other Member States, and will it include this information in its comprehensive study on possible solutions for retaining data?(2)
What implications will there be for EU police and justice cooperation, notably instruments like the European Arrest Warrant and the Evidence Warrant, e-Evidence, the European Criminal Records Information System and interoperability, if national data retention schemes turn out to be unreliable?
What implications will there be for information exchange, mutual legal assistance and police and justice cooperation with third countries using similar data retention systems?

(1)https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/world/europe/denmark-cellphone-data-courts.html http://www.justitsministeriet.dk/nyt-og-presse/pressemeddelelser/2019/nye-alvorlige-oplysninger-i-teledata-sagen
(2)In May, the Council tasked the Commission with gathering further information and organising targeted consultations as part of a comprehensive study on possible solutions for retaining data, including the consideration of a future legislative initiative. https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/06/06/data-retention-to-fight-crime-council-adopts-conclusions/

Last updated: 18 September 2019Legal notice