Towers, European Court of Justice. Quartier Européen Nord, Kirchberg, Luxembourg. (The Daily Star / sprklg via Flickr)
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The European Union's top court ruled Wednesday against the bulk retention of emails and other electronic data by EU member states, such as that under new British legislation.The European Court of Justice said EU law does however allow member states to retain data in targeted and supervised ways to fight serious crime.The decision could spell trouble for British legislation granting new bulk surveillance powers for police and intelligence services that critics have denounced as the most far-reaching of any western democracy.The Investigatory Powers Act would, among other measures, require websites to keep customers' browsing history for up to a year and allow law enforcement agencies to access them to help with investigations.
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