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[FT] European Court of Justice rules EU data collection laws illegal

Europe’s top court has ruled that EU law forcing telecom operators to store customer data for up to two years was illegal, in a decision that will force a change to European privacy laws.

The European Court of Justice said on Tuesday that the requirement for companies to retain data interferes in a “particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.”

The court’s ruling on Thursday relates to a 2006 EU law known as the Data Retention Directive [...]

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