European Data Protection Digest

Gov't Split on Data Retention Plans

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

December 3, 2010

A push for data retention--spurred by current terror warnings--has Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière requesting a new law allowing for the retention of telecommunications and Internet data for six months. However, Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger is speaking out against such legislation, proposing instead a law allowing data retention in specific cases as a "compromise proposal." A 2008 law allowing for such storage of data on telephone calls, text messages and e-mail traffic was thrown out by Germany's high court because it "went too far," Spiegel reports; however, the new terror alert "has revived the debate."
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