Less than a year ago, many thought data retention in Europe would finally be faced with incontrovertible evidence that it is not effective or proportionate. Now, sensing an opportunity to take advantage of a more favourable public relations landscape, some politicians seem to have the intention to bring EU data retention back again.
Data retention laws still exist in some EU Member States, pending evaluation of conformity with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. Additionally, there are also non-member countries in Europe where data retention is very much a live political debate. In Kosovo, the government is trying to introduce a very worrying law while in Switzerland the existing regulation is set to be further broadened.