Thursday, 19 March 2009

IPRED... legally illegal

"The court is of the opinion that data retention violates the fundamental right to privacy. It is not necessary in a democratic society. The individual does not provoke the interference but can be intimidated by the risks of abuse and the feeling of being under surveillance [...] The directive [on data retention] does not respect the principle of proportionality guaranteed in Article 8 ECHR, which is why it is invalid."

A court in Wiesbaden has ruled on the legality of implementing the measures called for in IPRED. Sweden meanwhile has passed it into law... despite the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) being the foundation for the Swedish constitution. But hej, what are principles for anyway???

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