Romania’s Constitutional Court Rules Data Storage Law Unconstitutional

Romania's Constitutional Court Thursday ruled unconstitutional a controversial law compelling telecom operators to store data on people’s calls, emails and short messages and provide them to investigators on request.

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Romania’s Constitutional Court Rules Data Storage Law Unconstitutional

The law was challenged before the Constitutional Court by an NGOwhich argued, during a trial involving telecom operator OrangeRomania, that the law infringes article 28 of Romania'sConstitution, which guarantees the secrecy of correspondence.

Several other NGOs called on the ombudsman to notify theConstitutional Court regarding this law, which they say breachescitizens' fundamental rights and liberties.

The law, which became effective in January, sets that telecomoperators are compelled to store certain data on calls, shortmessages and emails, information that can be accessed by theMinistry of Interior, prosecutors, the Romanian IntelligenceService and the Foreign Intelligence Service, on request.

However, such data may only be provided to investigators ifcriminal investigations have been initiated, with the authorizationof a court and the request of the prosecutor unfolding oroverseeing the respective criminal investigation.

The Romanian government decided in March to adopt by the end ofthe year a government decision setting the application norms forthe law, to have the norms enforced by end January 2010, at thelatest.

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