European Data Protection Digest

Opinion: Retaining Telecoms Data Is Questionable

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

November 19, 2010

According to an op-ed written for the online version of Die Zeit about retention of telecommunications data, reasons stated by Federal Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar for his support of some form of retention are strange. Noting that the Federal Constitutional Court declared a previous law on retention of telecommunications data without cause unconstitutional, the op-ed author questions in part statements Schaar makes in his blog regarding the need to consider a less intrusive alternative to the earlier law so as to better enable prosecution of Internet crime. The author also questions Thilo Weichert's views on this topic. (Article in German.)
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