Between 15th-19th of September, in the week leading up the first year anniversary of the 13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles, EDRi, the EFF and the coalition behind the Principles will be conducting a Week of Action explaining some of the key guiding principles for surveillance law reform.
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.