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The constitutional court declares illegal mass surveillance of Germany in foreign telecommunications

May 19, 2020

The German constitutional court has ruled that the massive surveillance campaign by the German secret service to oversee foreign telecommunications represents a violation of the fundamental rights of citizens and thus joins activists who have condemned this practice as a violation of freedom. the press.

“In its current form, the Federal Intelligence Service (BND )’s oversight powers over foreign telecommunications violate Magna Carta’s fundamental rights,” the Supreme Court judges said.

The appeal to the Constitutional Court was filed by Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Without Borders, RSF), six journalists and a lawyer for human rights defenses after laws were passed in late 2016 that determine the scope and activities of the German secret service and its investigation enables data without suspicion.

The constitutional court declares illegal mass surveillance of Germany in foreign telecommunications
The constitutional court declares illegal mass surveillance of Germany in foreign telecommunications

In theory, German citizens are guaranteed not to be monitored. However, the complainants argued that many investigative journalists in Germany may not be willing to work with colleagues from other countries as this would open the door to the possibility of their work being investigated.