The Court of Justice of the European Union has held that Sweden failed to fulfill its obligations under EU law when it comes to implementing the EU Data Retention Directive, reports Hunton & Williams' Privacy and Information Security Law Blog. Sweden has been ordered to pay 3,000,000 euros. In 2010, the court found Sweden failed to transpose the directive into national law by its September 2007 deadline. Sweden complied in 2012 after internal debate over balancing privacy rights with the need to combat crime, but the commission ruled such difficulties did not justify failure to comply.
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