Digital Rights Ireland has begun a High Court action against the Irish Government, challenging new laws on data retention.
The action challenges the law on data retention contained in the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act, 2005 and the European Data Retention Directive, which was passed in 2006.The legislation compels Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecom operators in EU states to retain data relating to telephony, SMS and the internet for up to three years.
Digital Rights Ireland is the only group to have initiated action against the laws in Europe;
DRI claim (rightly so in my opinion) that the kind of mass surveillance that'll be allowed under the legislation is a breach of human rights.
DRI claims that if it is successful with its challenge, the effect will be to undermine data retention laws in all EU states and could therefore lead to the overturning of the Data Retention Directive.The High Court action is being funded by individuals and contributions can be made via PayPal through the Digital Rights Ireland website.
Support these guys, the retention of privacy by far outways the unconscionable breadth of this legislation.