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> Data protection suggests that it is okay in the first place to collect data, as long as it is going to be protected. But this is a problem. Data shouldn't be collected in the first place, because you can't probably protect it properly anyways (leaks etc.).

Article 5 of GDPR specifically deals with the reduction of what's collected and the destruction of data after it has served its purpose. The legislators were well aware that what isn't there cannot be lost, stolen or misused.

Not collecting personal data in the first place is always the preferred scenario.

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