"...Governments are particularly nervous about anonymous e-mail accounts that are offered by many online services, since they believe that such accounts are used by terrorists and other criminals. In fact, recently the German justice minister even proposed eliminating or sharply restricting such anonymous e-mail, by requiring that individuals present a passport before they are able to open a webmail account...."
Now heise is reporting (in German) that Google is threatening to terminate its Gmail service in Germany (which was renamed to GoogleMail due to patent issues) should the Parliament presses on to pass the controversial legislative initiative concerning data retention and tele-communication monitoring. The Federal Ministry of Justice plans to prohibit email service providers giving out anonymous accounts. Email service providers will be obligated to collect registrant's personal information so each and every account is identifiable. Fleischer calls the move a severe blow to privacy and says in an interview that in case of need Google will shut down its email service in Germany."