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Surveillance law unconstitutional in Austria


Surveillance law unconstitutional in Austria


Governments across Europe are implementing new rules to require surveillance assistance and the retention of data by ISPs and telcos for purposes of law enforcement. One hotly contested issue is the question of who should pay the associated costs. And many ISPs will be envious of a recent decision by Austria's Federal Constitutional Court.

The decision says that the Austrian law that compels the country's telcos and ISPs to implement retention measures at their own expense is unconstitutional.