Sweden Sued Over Data Retention

The European Commission is sueing Sweden after running out of patience for its failure to implement a directive from 2006 forcing all telecom operators to keep all correspondence from their customers e-mails and telephone calls. The commission's directive was introduced after the terrorist atrocities in Madrid and London.

The Svenska Dagbladet newspaper reports that the current government's refusal failure to implement the Data Retention Directive has resigned the Commisison into filing a suit with the European Court of Justice, for breach of protocol which could lead to a hefty fine.

Sweden's Justice Minister Beatrice Ask told the SVD that she wasn't pleased with the commission's actions and said that the government is planning to upgrade its own telecoms law which would meet the directive's requirements.

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