Germany reviews data storage law

Germany reviews data storage law

The German police and secret services will no longer be authorized to access private conversations or communications data over the Internet without prior authorization from a judge.

In a sentence known today, the German Constitutional Court (BVG) requests the reformulation of the law that obliges operators to record and keep data related to telephone calls, e-mail or Internet connections for six months, advances Lusa.

The decision also orders that all data collected so far under the law, approved in 2008, be immediately destroyed, which obliged telecommunications companies to archive the records of all customers over half a year, for eventual use by judicial bodies.

The archived information did not include the recording of telephone conversations or emails, but included information about the identity of the recipients of messages and calls, the time at which they were made, how many times and from where they were made, for example.

Following a lawsuit filed after complaints by about 35,000 citizens, the court declared the law unconstitutional, based on the violation by the legal diploma of the right to privacy of telecommunications, reports El Mundo.