EDRi's General Assembly 2022

The General Assembly of EDRi happened in May, in Berlin. 

It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces in person, after 2+ years, and meet new people as well. These meetings are so energizing. I can't really explain it, there is something magic that happens when people from so many different places meet to conspire and fight for what they believe.

 Portugal: Constitutional Court strikes data retention down 

With Nuno Mota.
This article was published on EDRi-gram.

On 19 April 2022, at the request of the Ombudsperson, the Portuguese Constitutional Court declared the unconstitutionality of the Portuguese data retention law. 

This was made possible thanks to a complaint by EDRi’s member D3 – Defesa dos Direitos Digitais to the Justice Ombudsperson, back in 2017.

On 19 April 2022, at the request of the Ombudsperson, the Portuguese Constitutional Court declared the unconstitutionality of the Portuguese data retention law.

This law transposed EU Directive 2006/24/CE, of 15 March, which was declared invalid by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in 2014 (Digital Rights Ireland Lts and other, C-293/12 and C-594/12), and subsequent case law.


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EDRi's 15th Anniversary

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 Portugal: Data retention sent to the Constitutional Court 

This article was published at EDRi-gram
Please note that this refers strictly to a Portuguese law regarding *intelligence services’ access* to data retention. This is *not* the same case where, following a D3's complaint to the Justice Ombudsman, led to the data retention law in Portugal to be declared unconstitutional in 2022.

A new chapter is expected to soon be written in the long battle between lawmakers and the Constitutional Court in Portugal, regarding the intelligence services’ access to data retention. In January 2018, 35 Members of the Parliament (MP) from three parties officially requested the Constitutional Court to provide a rule on the constitutionality of the new law that grants intelligence services access to retained data.