Privacy, Data Retention and Domination: Digital Rights Ireland v Minister for Communications
13 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2015 Last revised: 17 Dec 2015
Date Written: February 10, 2015
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 2 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, ECJ
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