05 Oct Ireland’s Ex-Chief Justice Calls Data Retention a Threat
In a report released last Tuesday, former Chief Justice of Ireland John L. Murray strongly expressed his concerns on the issue of data retention, calling it a threat to fundamental rights and freedoms.
He explained that it is akin to mass surveillance, since it leaves an individual’s private communications profile vulnerable for a long period of time. This retained data can be accessed by various government authorities, or anyone with an appropriate authorization or court order.
The country’s data retention regime was enacted in 2011. It mandates that phone call data and location, as well as text messages, should be retained for up to 2 years, and 1 year for IP connections.