German ISPs want to keep data about their surfers

Proposals in Germany to scan all users Internet data have met with stiff opposition

The privacy watchdogs of all 16 federal German states, except Thueringen, have warned the secretaries of the interior of the states and the federal minister of interior that their new proposal of a bill for collecting data about German surfers did not conform with the constitution.

The ministers wanted German ISPs to keep data about Internet-traffic on their surfers stored and to keep it safe in case of a crime investigation. The privacy commissioners said that was like saving the address and sender of every letter written in Germany in case either were involved in a crime.

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