Data retention proposals similar to those expected to become law in Ireland have been declared an invasion of privacy in a German court decision that Karlin Lillington calls "a timely warning shot" in an op-ed for the Irish Times. The Retention of Data Bill 2009 would implement an EU directive, but Lillington warns that the same issues cited in the German case--including ensuring data safety and legal remedies when personal data is misused--have been raised as concerns in Ireland. "If the government fails to reconsider the terms of its Data Retention Bill," Lillington writes, " is likely to find that costly court challenges and a forced reworking of the legislation lie ahead."
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