Rare Victory for Privacy in Germany’s “War Against Terror”

"Germany’s Constitutional Court ruled that parts of the law (“BKA-Gesetz”) granting surveillance powers to federal police are unconstitutional, because they do not have sufficient safeguards to ensure a balance between the rights of the individual to privacy, and the interests of the state in investigating potential crime. Certain powers – the ability to conduct surveillance through recorded conversations or photographs, to carry out wiretaps, or remotely search computers – did not have adequate restrictions, including the possibility for judicial review, to guarantee that intrusions on the privacy of German citizens would be justified and proportionate, the court found."

See: Rare Victory for Privacy in Germany’s “War Against Terror” (Human Rights Watch, link)

 

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