The European Commission said this month that it will not propose a new law to replace the EU Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC), which was struck down by the European Court of Justice last year.  The Directive had required communications providers to retain non-content communications data for 6 to 24 months to ensure that the data was there should it be needed by law enforcement.  As a result of the EC’s decision, it will be up to EU member states to determine on their own whether to require providers to retain communications data, and for how long.