What is the state of data retention across Europe? 20 December 22 Marianna Mattera

EU member states have reacted differently to the annulment of the Data Retention Directive (DRD) by the Court of Justice of the EU in April 2014. Whereas some countries annulled or amended their data retention laws, others have not changed the rules despite the CJEU’s judgments.

A new benchmark by Cullen International looks into the state of data retention rules across 17 European countries.

The research shows that of the surveyed European countries:

  • only Germany and Romania do not have data retention rules in force;
  • nearly all of them impose on providers of electronic communications services general and indiscriminate data retention obligations; and
  • Belgium and Denmark are the only ones with a targeted retention regime in place.


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