The working group “Vorratsdatenspeicherung” welcomed the today announced decision of the Federal Constitutional Court to partially stop the new telecommunications data retention law in force since beginning of the year. The constitutional judges decided: “The traffic data retention itself is a serious and irreversible interference in the fundamental rights of Article 10 paragraph 1 (protection of telecommunication privacy) of the Basic Constitutional Law. The data retention allows extensive possibilities to analyze the communication behavior and social contacts of any citizen.”

I am extremely pleased with the decision of the Federal Constitutional Court because I was one of the upright 34.000 citizens to actively put forward the counter-claim in this case.