Privacy, Data Retention and Domination: Digital Rights Ireland Ltd v Minister for Communications

14 Pages Posted: 4 May 2015

Date Written: May 2015

Abstract

In Digital Rights Ireland Ltd v Minister for Communications, the European Court of Justice found the EU Data Retention Directive, which required the retention of communications data for up to two years, to be incompatible with Articles 7 and 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – the rights to privacy and to the protection of personal data. It is argued in this note that the decision ought to be taken as one that is concerned with the exercise of arbitrary power, a concern that is captured by the concept of domination.

Keywords: Data Retention, Privacy, Domination, ECHR

Suggested Citation

Roberts, Andrew J., Privacy, Data Retention and Domination: Digital Rights Ireland Ltd v Minister for Communications (May 2015). The Modern Law Review, Vol. 78, Issue 3, pp. 535-548, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2601585 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12127

Andrew J. Roberts (Contact Author)

Melbourne Law School ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton
Victoria, 3052
Australia

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