In a press statement, the European Commission has addressed press reports suggesting that it was threatening to take Germany to court over its proposed national data retention law. The Commission has reiterated that the question on whether to introduce national data retention laws is a national decision, provided that any provisions comply with the basic principles under EU law, for example, in respect of privacy. The Commission therefore neither opposes nor supports the introduction of national laws on data retention by member states. The Commission also confirmed that it is not contemplating court action against Germany on this issue.

European Commission statement on national data retention laws