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The eco Association has been actively campaigning against blanket data retention for almost 15 years. Since June 2017, together with its association member SpaceNet, eco has managed to ensure that German blanket data retention regulations have not been applied, as they are clearly not compatible with EU law (including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights). Technical background to blanket data protection in Germany is available in the Fact Sheet: What is Traffic Data?
Current Data Protection Articles
Police Software in Hessen and Hamburg: eco Association Welcomes Ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court
eco Association welcomes the decision of the German Federal Constitutional Court regarding software data analysis undertaken by the police in Hessen and Hamburg. The court has declared the regulations on automated data analysis to be unconstitutional.
The European Court of Justice today ruled that the German regulations on blanket data retention are not compatible with EU law. The eco Association welcomes this judgement and calls for an urgent repeal of the current regulations.