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Back in May we discussed the ECJ’s ruling that current EU laws regarding the retention of data were invalid and its potential effect on the UK. As pressure mounts from a number of privacy advocates including ORG, who are running an e-petition to stop ISPs retaining data, The Guardian reports that ministers are getting ready to pass emergency laws. The government will need cross party support to successfully get the new laws through quickly. According to this report government appears to have secured this but the Lib Dems are insisting the new laws will reinstate the existing powers and will not introduce the controversial ‘snoopers charter.

“The government does have to respond to the European court of justice ruling, which we are currently examining, and will respond in due course. But that is about the retention of existing powers rather than their extension.”

We originally covered this issue here and are now running a poll to gather your views on this. What do you think about the Government’s legislation to retain communications and do you think the ECJ ruling will now force changes? Let us know your opinions by leaving us a comment below and/or taking part in our poll.

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