The Federal Constitutional Court ruled this Friday that the federal government had gone too far in collecting data from mobile and internet users to fight crime and terrorism.
The Court found that various aspects of the way information about subscriber data is accessed are unconstitutional as they violate the right to informational self-determination and the right to privacy in telecommunications.
The ruling implies that the Telecommunications Act and relevant regulations in other laws will have to be changed by the end of 2021. Until then, the current legislation remains in force, although the judges have laid down rules for its application.
The police, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and the German secret services are currently requesting this data from telephone companies and Internet providers in order to solve crimes or prevent terrorist attacks.