On October 14, 2008, Advocate General Yves Bot issued an opinion finding that the legal basis for the Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC) was correct. The case was brought by Ireland in 2006, which claimed that the Directive should have been adopted based on the third pillar (Police and Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters) rather than the first pillar (European Community). The Advocate General advised the Court to dismiss the case, taking the view that the Data Retention Directive was correctly adopted on the basis of the first pillar. The full text of the Advocate General’s opinion is available here.