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Court Examines Retention Law’s Constitutionality

DATA RETENTION—GERMANY

November 7, 2012

Germany’s highest court is looking at the country’s anti-terror law to examine its constitutionality, Deutsche Welle reports. Judges at Germany’s Constitutional Court this week noted concerns about the data retention law, passed in 2006, that allows intelligence agencies to collect and store information about terror suspects and their supporters in a database. Thirty-eight agencies have access to the database, which stores names, birth dates, addresses, religious preferences and bank and telecommunication accounts, the report states. One judge noted concerns around the vague definition of “supporters” of violence and a clause allowing for data collection on “supporters of supporters.”
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