Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 21 December 2016

Tele2 Sverige AB v Post- och telestyrelsen and Secretary of State for the Home Department v Tom Watson and Others

Requests for a preliminary ruling from the Kammarrätten i Stockholm and the Court of Appeal (England & Wales) (Civil Division)

Reference for a preliminary ruling — Electronic communications — Processing of personal data — Confidentiality of electronic communications — Protection — Directive 2002/58/EC — Articles 5, 6 and 9 and Article 15(1) — Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union — Articles 7, 8 and 11 and Article 52(1) — National legislation — Providers of electronic communications services — Obligation relating to the general and indiscriminate retention of traffic and location data — National authorities — Access to data — No prior review by a court or independent administrative authority — Compatibility with EU law

Joined Cases C-203/15 and C-698/15


Top of the page Documents in the Case
Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Order
ECLI:EU:C:2017:222
16/03/2017 Tele2 Sverige
Judgment (OJ)
03/02/2017 Tele2 Sverige
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2016:970
21/12/2016 Tele2 Sverige
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2016:970
21/12/2016 Tele2 Sverige
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2016:572
19/07/2016 Tele2 Sverige
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
19/06/2015 Tele2 Sverige
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Top of the page Legal analysis of the decision or of the case

Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general)

Subject-matter

Information not available

Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.07 Telecommunications
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.07 Telecommunications
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.04 Fundamental rights
    1.04.03 The fundamental rights
      1.04.03.07 Respect for private and family life
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.04 Fundamental rights
    1.04.03 The fundamental rights
      1.04.03.08 Protection of personal data
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.04 Fundamental rights
    1.04.03 The fundamental rights
      1.04.03.11 Freedom of expression and information
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.07 Telecommunications
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.04 Fundamental rights
    1.04.02 Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
      1.04.02.02 Scope of the protection of rights and principles
        1.04.02.02.01 Limitation on the exercise of rights and freedoms (Article 52(1) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights)
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.07 Telecommunications
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.07 Telecommunications
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.04 Fundamental rights
    1.04.00 General and sources
3 Legal proceedings
  3.04 Reference for a preliminary ruling
    3.04.02 Jurisdiction of the Court of Justice


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 7 : paragraphs 62, 66, 81, 82, 92, 93, 99-105, 107-112, 114, 118-122, 124-126, 129, 131
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 8 : paragraphs 62, 66, 81, 82, 92, 93, 99-105, 107-112, 114, 118-122, 124-126, 131
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 8 -P1 : paragraph 123
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 8 -P3 : paragraph 123
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 11 : paragraphs 81, 92, 93, 99-105, 107-112, 118-122, 124, 125
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 52 -P1 : paragraphs 62, 81, 94, 99-105, 107-112, 114, 118-122, 124, 125
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 52 -P3 : paragraph 127-129
  • TFEU, Article 267 : paragraph 130
  • TEU, Article 2 : paragraph 93
  • TEU, Article 6 -P3 : paragraph 127-129
  • Directive 95/46 -A22 : paragraphs 118-122, 125
  • Directive 95/46 -A13P1 : paragraph 90
  • Directive 2002/58 -A01P1 : paragraph 68
  • Directive 2002/58 -A01P2 : paragraph 82
  • Directive 2002/58 -A01P3 : paragraphs 69, 72
  • Directive 2002/58 -A03 : paragraphs 70, 74
  • Directive 2002/58 -A05P1 : paragraphs 71, 75-77, 84, 85, 87-90
  • Directive 2002/58 -A06 : paragraphs 71, 86-88
  • Directive 2002/58 -A08P1 : paragraph 71
  • Directive 2002/58 -A08P2 : paragraph 71
  • Directive 2002/58 -A08P3 : paragraph 71
  • Directive 2002/58 -A08P4 : paragraph 71
  • Directive 2002/58 -A08P9 : paragraph 71
  • Directive 2002/58 -A09P1 : paragraph 86-88
  • Directive 2002/58 -A15P1 : paragraphs 62, 71-78, 80, 81, 85, 88-91, 93, 95, 99-105, 107-112, 114, 115, 117-122, 124, 125
  • Directive 2002/58 -A15P2 : paragraphs 118-122, 125
  • Directive 2002/58 -C2 : paragraph 82
  • Directive 2002/58 -C21 : paragraph 77
  • Directive 2002/58 -C22 : paragraph 86
  • Directive 2002/58 -C26 : paragraph 86
  • Directive 2002/58 -C6 : paragraph 83
  • Directive 2002/58 -C7 : paragraph 83
  • Directive 2002/58 -A02 : paragraph 91
  • Directive 2002/58 -A04P1 : paragraph 122
  • Directive 2002/58 -A04P1BIS : paragraph 122
  • Directive 2002/58 -A06P1 : paragraph 91
  • Directive 2002/58 -C11 : paragraphs 95, 117
  • Directive 2002/58 -C30 : paragraph 87

Operative part

Opinion

Information not available


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 04/05/2015

Date of the Opinion

  • 19/07/2016

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

21/12/2016


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 53 from 20.02.2017, p.11

Application: OJ C 221 from 06.07.2015, p.5

Name of the parties

Tele2 Sverige

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Skubic, Zoran: Pavšalna obveznost hrambe podatkov o prometu in o lokaciji je (še vedno) v nasprotju s pravom Unije, Pravna praksa 2017 nº 5 p.28-29 (SL)
  2. Berlin, Dominique: Conservation et accès des données personnelles, La Semaine Juridique - édition générale 2017 nº 3 p.93 (FR)
  3. Gazin, Fabienne: Protection des données personnelles, Europe 2017 Février Comm. nº 2 p.11-13 (FR)
  4. Lehofer, Hans Peter: Nationale Regelung zur Vorratsdatenspeicherung, die sich allgemein auf alle Teilnehmer erstreckt und sämtliche Verkehrsdaten erfasst, ist mit der DatenschutzRL für elektronische Kommunikation nicht vereinbar, Österreichische Juristenzeitung 2017 p.281-282 (DE)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Kammarrätten i Stockholm - Sweden

Subject-matter

  • Approximation of laws
  • Telecommunications

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling
  • Reference for a preliminary ruling : dismissal on grounds of inadmissibility

Formation of the Court

grande chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

von Danwitz

Advocate General

Saugmandsgaard Øe

Language(s) of the Case

  • Swedish, English

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • French