Following an appeal against Belgium’s data retention law by four nonprofit groups, the country’s Constitutional Court has referred the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union, Telecompaper reports. The groups argue the law, which was adopted in 2016, violates basic human rights, focusing their concerns around five arguments, including retaining information for 12 months, the lack of protections for certain professions requiring confidential data, and the guarantees surrounding limiting access to information. Belgium’s Constitutional Court will be asking the CJEU to determine whether the country’s data retention law is still in line with rules in the rest of the EU. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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