European Data Protection Digest

DPA Issues Open Letter

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

November 25, 2010

In an open letter issued 23 November, Thilo Weichert of the Schleswig Holstein Independent Center for Data Privacy invites German law enforcement authorities to cease demands for immediate reenactment of a six-month data retention law and instead contribute to discussions on aiming for a data retention policy that balances fundamental rights of the individual with the need to prevent and fight crime via the Internet.  Arguing that the German six-month telecommunications data retention law was declared unconstitutional earlier this year, Weichert outlines issues he considers important to creating legislation that is as limited as possible but still proportional. (Text in German.)
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