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A ‘No’ to Data Retention in the Netherlands

Sascha van Schendel


Case C/09/480009 / KG ZA 14/1575, Privacy First cs vs. the Dutch State, 11 March 2015, ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2015:2498
The summary proceedings judge of The Hague has declared the ‘Wet bewaarplicht telecommunicatiegegevens’ non-binding. This law obliges providers of telephone services and internet services to store traffic data and location data of the users. The law infringes the respect for private and family life and the protection of personal data. The judge considers this infringement not be limited to what is strictly necessary (the official headnote translated by the author).

Sascha van Schendel is a master student LL.M. Law and Technology at Tilburg University & student – assistant at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT);


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