The German court has overturned a law allowing email and phone data to be retained by officials.
Berlin (WiredPRNews.com) – Germany’s high court has reversed a law allowing email and telephone data to be retained by anti-terror officials, as reported by the Associated Press (AP). The court made the ruling Tuesday citing the law needed to be modified because it intruded on personal privacy rights.
As noted in the report, phone and email data was required to be held for several months in accordance with the law. The court is quoted by the AP as stating in the ruling, “The disputed instructions neither provided a sufficient level of data security, nor sufficiently limited the possible uses of the data… such retention represents an especially grave intrusion.”
As noted by the AP, approximately 35,000 Germans made appeals for the law to be overturned.
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