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Personal Data Plan Debate Flares

DATA RETENTION—GERMANY

November 19, 2010

A number of federal and state officials believe it is essential to restore Germany's 2007 data retention law, given new threats and a raised terror alert, Deutsche Welle reports. Interior Minister Thomas de Mazière, who has raised the terror alert level, has announced that there are concrete indications of a possible terrorist attack occurring soon in Germany. Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberg, however, has said her office is against resuming data retention and instead favors "event-related use of any data," the report states, which would allow data to be temporarily captured and handed over to authorities, as is the case in the U.S.
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