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Parliamentary questions
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8 May 2012
Question for written answer E-004675/2012
to the Commission
Rule 117
Konrad Szymański (ECR)

 Subject: Data Retention Directive and personal data protection
 Answer in writing 

In its present form, the Data Retention Directive (Directive 2006/24/EC) obliges European telecommunications companies, as well as Internet service providers, to collect data on all communications made by all their clients, irrespective of any suspicion of criminal activity or action pointing to a criminal offence.

Such generalised data retention creates a risk of data leakage or the abuse of data or contacts, such as with journalists, helplines, lawyers, doctors and business partners.

Blanket data retention has already been deemed unconstitutional by some Member States’ national courts.

Many states including Austria, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Romania, Sweden, Australia, Japan, Canada and the United States track criminal activity just as effectively by using more specific instruments described in the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime. These include a data protection system for dealing with suspected prohibited acts.

Is the Commission willing to consider the option of prohibiting the widespread use of blanket data retention within the EU on the telecommunications traffic data collection system? If not, why not?
Is the Commission considering making Directive 2006/24/EC optional so that Member States can prevent the infringement of confidential personal data?
According to the best knowledge of the Commission, does data retention have a considerable influence on crime statistics or on uncovering the criminal activity of a given state?

Original language of question: PLOJ C 166 E, 12/06/2013
Aviso jurídico - Política de privacidad