Bulk Data Collection Unlawful, Says AG: Fight Against Terrorism “Should Be Compatible” with Rule of Law


Bulk data collection violates European privacy law, according to the European Court of Justice (ECJ)’s chief legal advisor in a detailed opinion published late Friday.

The non-binding opinion [pdf] by Advocate General (AG) Campos Sánchez-Bordona comes as Europe’s highest court prepares to rule on a range of data privacy cases.

Among the four joined cases was Case C-623/17 Privacy International, which concerns UK intelligence agencies’ collection of bulk communications data.

Yes, the Privacy Directive Applies

The AG began his opinion by “dispelling doubts” that that European bulk surveilllance programms fall under Europe’s Directive

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