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The EU’s data retention law is actually several years old – it’s just that Sweden was the last country to make it law. Some critics argue that the Data Retention Directive breaches human rights, others that it is in breach of the Swedish Constitution. The EU is responding with a new data protection directive to ease these effects.
The Data Protection Regulation is focused on updating the EU regulations relating to the storing of information about private individuals that have been in force since 1995. In other words, a protection relating to how much information an agency or company can store about you, and for how long.
During the autumn of 2013, the EU Parliament voted through the Data Protection Regulation – an update to the existing data protection rules from 1995. The proposal focuses on restricting the extent the storage of your personal information.
Last year the European Parliament voted against the controversial ACTA-agreement, following demonstrations in several countries and criticism from amongst others Sweden and the EU. But the debate on file sharing and civil rights continues.