Romanian Senate rejects the new data retention law
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Deutsch: Rumänien: Senat lehnt neues Gesetz zur Vorratsdatenspeicherung ab
Following the pressure of the European Commission to the Romanian authorities to implement the data retention directive and despite the decision of the Constitutional Court from 2009 against the data retention law, a new draft law has emerged, but it was rejected by the Senate at the end of 2011.
The Romanian Ministry of Communications and Information Society (MCSI) has tried to have the new draft promoted as a Government proposal, but has failed to do so for unclear reasons. The Romanian Data Protection Authority has decided not to endorse the new draft law, as the article related to the security institutions to the retain data is still vague.
The text is in fact similar to the old law that was declared unconstitutional and even worse in some specific cases, such as for example the judicial approval to have access to the retained data that is unclear in the new proposal. However, the MCSI rejected claims of the civil society that the new law was still unconstitutional and decided to go further with the same draft.
In the end, the Minister promoted the law as his own initiative in the Chamber of Deputies (because he is also a deputy) together with a Party colleague. The law was sent for debates to the Senate, where it received a unusual point of view from the Government that refused to endorse the law and said that the Parliament should decide its fate, because of the conflict between the Constitutional Court decision and the EU data retention directive.
The law was quickly debated by the Senate, after the Legal and Human Rights Committees decided to suggest the rejection the law, as the content is similar to the one already declared unconstitutional. On 21 December 2011, the Senate decided unanimously that the law should be rejected.
However, the vote in the Senate is only consultative for this law and the decisive vote will be taken by the Chamber of Deputies, that will start discussing the law in its Commissions starting with February 2012.
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