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EU's top court says governments can't have unchecked access to phone and internet users' data

PARIS, Oct 6 (Reuters) - National government and their spying agencies cannot have unchecked access to phone and internet users’ data, the European Union’s top court said on Tuesday.

In a much-awaited court ruling, the court said that the general and indiscriminate retention of such data can only be allowed when governments face a “serious threat to national security”.

In this kind of situation, the full access to phone and internet users’ data should be limited to a period that is “strictly necessary”, it said.

Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain; Editing by Alison Williams

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