Bulgarian Constituional Court Outlaws Internet Traffic Monitoring


Sofia, March 12 (BTA) – The Constitutional Court of Bulgaria announced Thursday its decision that the monitoring of Internet traffic data is unconstutional. The Court took up the case last April
after an application by the National Ombudsman, Konstantin Penchev.
Provisions allowing the monitoring of Internet traffic data were added to the Electronic Communications Act in 2010 in keeping with the EU Data Retention Directive (Directive 2006/24/EC). In April 2014, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice declared teh Directive invalid and said that it entailed serious interference with the rights to privacy and personal data protection of individuals guaranteed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
EU Members who have transposed the Directive into their national legal systems are required to ensure compliance with the ECJ–Ęs judgment.