Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action

European Court Privacy Ruling

02 Mar 2010 8:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

German High Court Overturns Law on Telephone and Email Data

March 2, 2010, Karlshruhe, Germany – The German Federal Constitutional Court, claiming that a law ordering that data on calls made on cellular and landline telephones, as well as email messages, be retained for six months for possible use by criminal investigation authorities, ruled such a law violates the constitutional right of privacy of correspondence of Germans. The law evolved from a 2006 EU anti-terrorism directive.

The German high court ruled that the law failed to balance privacy rights against the need to provide security, thus overturning this anti-terror law.  It comes on the heels of recent  European attempts to limit Google’s Street View maps and U.S. tracking of bank transfers to investigate terror cells, as previously reported by ISPLA professional association listservs.


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