saibot834 writes: The highest German court Federal Constitutional Court of Germany ruled that a German telecommunications data retention law, which passed in November 2007, is incommensurate with the German constitution. The law required providers to save connection data (but not the content) of phone and mobile communications as well as connection information of E-mail and Internet traffic for six months. A class action of almost 35,000 citizen was filed and now, more than two years later, the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that even though data retention is not principally unconstitutional, but due to the right of informational self-determination, data must not be saved centralized, has to be protected and may only be used for very severe crimes; therefore the law passed is disproportional and now void.
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