Dutch Judge ruled telecommunications data retention ineffective

This morning, a judge in The Netherlands stated that the data retention law for telecommunications providers is not in effect anymore. The judge stated that the telecommunication data retention law is inoperative.

This will have a direct impact on how companies deal with data. The telecommunication companies and internet service providers do not have to store private data from their subscribers. This means that the ISP will not hold any information on your personal “browsing or data” usage.

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Privacy First Foundation, the Dutch Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Dutch Association of Journalists, Dutch Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Internet service providers and telecom BIT Voys and SpeakUp had a lawsuit filed against the Dutch state and the retention.


According to the judge, the law infringes the right to a private life and the right to protection of personal data. The court considers that the infringement is not limited to the minimum necessary and then brought the law inoperative. Furthermore, the court ruled that the State must pay the costs.

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