The goal of the report is to assess what is happening with the directive in countries where it has been implemented, including how it's working on the ground, according to McNamee. However, the Commission has been struggling to get enough data from the member states for a thorough assessment, he said.
The review of the data retention directive is ongoing and the report is expected to be ready in April, according to a spokesman for Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, who is responsible for Home Affairs. On her website, Malmström states that she will work for "strong respect for privacy, personal integrity and data protection, ensuring that all actions -- including data collection and data sharing -- in the fight against organized crime and terrorism are proportional and justified."
EDRi's said McNamee said "they are either going to produce something indefensibly and embarrassingly weak or they are going back to the drawing board."
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