The European Commission has referred Germany to the European Court of Justice requesting it impose financial penalties. The referral follows Germany's noncompliance in transposing the European Data Retention Directive into national law, which the commission says will have a negative effect "on the internal market for electronic communications and on the ability of police and justice authorities to detect, investigate and prosecute serious crime," according to a European Commission press release. The commission sent an opinion to Germany in October asking that it remedy the breach of EU law. However, the release states, German authorities have not indicated how and when they would bring the country into compliance.
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