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Data is the ‘new oil’ apparently.
And ‘X’ is the new ‘Y’ (or is it ‘Y’ is the new ‘X’? – I can never remember).
Anyhow, what the legal and tech 'commentariat' are undoubtedly trying to say is that data is of enormous value. And, unlike oil, it is increasing in volume: the world is swimming in the stuff. Greetings to ‘Big Data’ and then, no doubt in a few years, to ‘Gargantuan Data’, ‘Behemothic Data’ and so on.
However, the problem with all this data is that it needs to be stored. Somewhere.
Moreover, many businesses are unaware that they are legally obliged to store this data, particularly if, say, they offer Wi-Fi services to their customers.
Frustratingly the law is not exactly clear in this area
In April the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), in the case Digital Rights Ireland and Seitlinger and Others, unexpectedly declared that the Data Retention Directive was invalid. This European directive obliged certain organisations to keep data and make it available to the authorities if requested.
As a result of its invalidation, the government brought forward emergency legislation a few months later—the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (see our post here:
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