Commenting on the proposal for a new quick-freeze procedure presented on Tuesday by the Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann, eco Chair of the Board Oliver Süme has the following to say:
“I welcome this approach and the related planned repeal of data retention, which has always been subject to our criticism and was recently classified by the ECJ as contrary to European law. It is good that Minister Buschmann has taken the initiative for a new regulation. It is a first step towards working out a targeted and appropriate alternative solution. The new regulation must strike a balance between the interest in effective law enforcement and the interest of citizens in the protection of their personal data and the confidentiality of their communications. The goal must also be to strengthen citizens’ rights with regard to digital communication. At the same time, the companies involved finally need clarity on the new regulations and on the retention of data.
“I therefore urge the German federal government to reach an agreement on this in a timely manner. eco will continue to be involved here and contribute constructively to the dialogue.”