The European Commission has been pressing the German government to introduce mandatory data retention laws for internet service providers, after it said data from some of the country’s internet service provider operators is being sold for profit.
In a letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Commission said the sale of this data is not necessary to provide services and it is also not in the public interest.
Data from companies that are not part of a regulated market, the commission said, would remain private, and this would not harm the security or integrity of EU data or data flows.
The EU Commission said it is now calling on Germany to take action to strengthen the EU’s data protection laws and to make clear to the data controllers that their data can be used only for the purposes for which it was collected.
The letter comes as the Commission is considering the introduction of a European Data Protection Directive.
Data protection rules in the EU have been a major focus for European officials, with the Commission considering the issue at the highest level this year, after a series of high-profile cases such as the Apple iPhone 5C and the Guardian newspaper’s revelations about how UK companies are accessing customer data.
The Commission also announced it was drafting new laws to improve protection of consumers’ data in the European Union.
It will issue its final draft of a new data protection directive later this month.
In the letter, the European Commission said that in the German context, data providers are “not in the business of providing online services, but are instead serving a market”.
“This market in online services is not in line with the legitimate and legitimate interests of the data controller, as they are often not subject to the same regulatory scrutiny as other companies in the market,” the Commission wrote.
This is not a legal obligation and it does not serve the public interests,” the commission added. “
It is in this context that it is not appropriate that data controllers are required to obtain their customers’ consent before providing services, even if the data provider wants to do so.”
This is not a legal obligation and it does not serve the public interests,” the commission added.
Data retention laws are not necessary for the German internet service industry, the EU Commission wrote, but it is in the interests of EU citizens and the wider European market that data privacy rules be strengthened.
The commission noted that data retention rules already exist in several EU countries, and that some of those laws “have become necessary due to data breaches and the need to provide robust and reliable protection of personal information in the face of cyber attacks.”
Germany is not the only EU country that has expressed concerns over the data market in recent months.
In December, the British government also said it was considering a data retention law.
However, the legislation has not yet been adopted.
The European Data Regulation Directive, which was proposed by the Commission in February this year and is set to be voted on in the Council in February next year, aims to protect the personal data and social media profiles of EU nationals who live abroad.
The Directive also requires that data controller information must be made public.
But it is essential that we have a data protection legislation that respects our citizens’ rights and is clear about the need for data to be secure,” Joaquín Almunia said at the time. “
I have not seen the data protection directives yet and it will take time before they are published.
But it is essential that we have a data protection legislation that respects our citizens’ rights and is clear about the need for data to be secure,” Joaquín Almunia said at the time.
“We need a law that ensures that our citizens have a strong privacy, as well as a law to guarantee their right to freedom of expression and assembly.
This is the basic right, and the EU is currently not doing it.”