Germany’s highest court rules individual right to privacy applies to everyone, even non-Germans

Germany’s highest court rules individual right to privacy applies to everyone, even non-Germans

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof), the highest court in the country, has ruled that parts of a 2016 law that allowed monitoring of the internet activity of foreign targets outside of Germany are unconstitutional.

German intelligence can't spy on foreigners outside Germany

German intelligence can't spy on foreigners outside Germany

The German government must come up with a new law regulating its secret services, after the country's highest court ruled that the current practice of monitoring telecommunications of foreign citizens at will violates constitutionally-enshrined press freedoms and the privacy of communications.

Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

Germany's data chief tells ministries WhatsApp is a no-go

"Just by sending messages, metadata is delivered to WhatsApp every time," said Kelber, adding that it could be assumed that these data snippets were then forwarded directly to Facebook, WhatsApp's parent concern.

Germany plans law to tackle “right-wing extremism”, force Facebook, Gmail and more to hand over passwords

Germany plans law to tackle “right-wing extremism”, force Facebook, Gmail and more to hand over passwords

However, the proposed new bill doesn't make it clear how platforms would be able to turn over securely encrypted passwords to the authorities, as the text doesn't go into the specifics, although it does mention that “all” data sources available internally must be included when complying with an order.

The Lingering Trauma of Stasi Surveillance

The Lingering Trauma of Stasi Surveillance

Do I still have friends?” He is smiling, but the truth is, he says, life in the GDR harmed his ability to trust and form lasting relationships.

In Germany, controversy still surrounds video surveillance

In Germany, controversy still surrounds video surveillance

The interior minister, who is responsible for ensuring the safety of the German public, was referring to a pilot project to test facial recognition technology at Berlin's Südkreuz train station, a major hub for local and international travelers.

Edward Snowden: Germany a 'primary example' of NSA surveillance cooperation

Edward Snowden: Germany a 'primary example' of NSA surveillance cooperation

In his new book, Snowden calls Germany a 'primary example' of NSA surveillance cooperation.In fact, it was because of Snowden's revelations that Germans discovered their country's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, supported NSA surveillance.

Your Data Could Be at the Center of the Fight Against Big Tech

Your Data Could Be at the Center of the Fight Against Big Tech

LONDON — Germany’s top antitrust enforcer, Andreas Mundt, recently asked a room full of lawyers, academics and regulators to imagine a wall filled with their personal information collected by Facebook and Google.

Germany responds to Trump: Huawei has no back door, but Cisco has 10

Germany responds to Trump: Huawei has no back door, but Cisco has 10

This article reveals a very important fact that no backdoors were found in Huawei's products, and 10 vulnerabilities were discovered on Cisco products in the United States.

Germans fear return of 'scary' surveillance

Germans fear return of 'scary' surveillance

Now, Germany's national police -- like many law enforcement services -- wants access, not only to phone data, but also information collected by digital assistants such as Google Home and Amazon Echo.

Privacy Fears Split German Government on Use of Alexa Data as Evidence

Privacy Fears Split German Government on Use of Alexa Data as Evidence

The federal interior ministry is preparing to back a proposal from the state of Schleswig-Holstein to make evidence from smart devices and virtual assistants admissible in court, the RND news organization reported Wednesday.

Encrypted messages are under attack: The crypto wars continue.

Encrypted messages are under attack: The crypto wars continue.

Seehofer, the German Secretary of the Interior, wants to force encrypted messenger services like WhatsApp, Threema, Signal, Wire, Telegram, and Apple's iMessages to decrypt messages for the German authorities upon request.

German Minister Wants Secure Messengers To Decrypt Chats

German Minister Wants Secure Messengers To Decrypt Chats

Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer purportedly wants to force messaging providers such as WhatsApp, Telegram, and Threema to provide plain text chats to law enforcement agencies on a court order as reported by Der Spiegel and from a number of other German news outlets.

Dark web crackdown: Germans want to criminalize anyone providing a platform

Dark web crackdown: Germans want to criminalize anyone providing a platform

Germany's states have voted to introduce federal legislation that would criminalize the act of providing technical infrastructure for so-called dark-web marketplaces where illegal activities take place.

That German-French Deal to "Rescue" the EU Copyright Directive? Everyone Hates It. EVERYONE.

That German-French Deal to "Rescue" the EU Copyright Directive? Everyone Hates It. EVERYONE.

This week started with a terrifying bang, when German and French negotiators announced a deal to revive the worst parts of the new EU Copyright Directive though a compromise on "Article 13," which requires copyright filters for any online service that allows the public to communicate.

Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse

Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse

Photo: Getty Images Facebook was slapped with a ruling in Germany today that limits how the social media giant can collect data across its multiple platforms, like WhatsApp and Instagram.

Log-free email provider Posteo: 'You must log user IP addresses', court rules

Log-free email provider Posteo: 'You must log user IP addresses', court rules

More security news So it's no surprise that the company is angry about a decision from the German Constitutional Court, which says it has to log IP addresses so that it can provide them to investigators, when asked.

German politicians targeted in 'mass hack attack'

German politicians targeted in 'mass hack attack'

These are external links and will open in a new window These are external links and will open in a new window Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many of those targeted are MPs in Germany's Bundestag Hundreds of German politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel have had personal details hacked and published online, reports say.

German Neo-Nazis Fell for Art Project and Outed Themselves

German Neo-Nazis Fell for Art Project and Outed Themselves

A leftist art collective in Germany said they were launching a project to identify neo-Nazi rioters. Eventually ZPS identified approximately 1,500 of the estimated 7,000 far-right marchers, Ruch said. The site received a traffic boost after a far-right website linked to it, Ruch said.

Julia Reda – Where EU member states stand on upload filters and the “link tax”

Julia Reda – Where EU member states stand on upload filters and the “link tax”

By no means is the new mandatory teaching exception supposed to limit what is allowed under the existing optional exception for research and education.

Italy Steps Up To Defend EU Internet Users Against Copyright Filters – Who Will Be Next?

Italy Steps Up To Defend EU Internet Users Against Copyright Filters – Who Will Be Next?

Back in May 25, when member countries met to settle on their original “negotiating text”, the national governments barely agreed between themselves on whether the directive should go forward.

Ad-blocking browser Brave says Google is breaking EU privacy law

Ad-blocking browser Brave says Google is breaking EU privacy law

A copy of the complaint, seen by Reuters, claims that Google and the adtech industry is committing "wide-scale and systemic breaches of the data protection regime" through the way they place personalized ads.