Campaign groups, NGOs and academics have teamed up to file a series of complaints with the EU over bulk surveillance in several countries. They are calling for EU governments to stop requiring companies to store all communications data – a practice that’s been ruled unlawful by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) not just once but twice.
Blanket data retention requires phone and internet providers to retain the traffic data – numbers called, IP addresses, location data and identity – of all of their users for several months or years, depending on local national law. And despite rulings in 2014 and 2016 that this contravened European law, the practice still continues in more than a dozen EU countries.
Source: EU Nations ‘Still Breaking The Law On Mass Surveillance’