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The fundamental right of informational self-determination must not be violated neither by domestic nor by foreign authorities!


Press Release of the Conference of the Data Protection Commissioners of the Länder


The Conference of the Data Protection Commissioners of the Federation and the Länder is very concerned about the revelations of a comprehensive and causeless surveillance by U.S.-American and British intelligence services. Allegations are that large parts of German populations’ communications are monitored without their knowledge by intelligence services.


The Conference of the Data Protection Commissioners of the Federation and the Länder is very concerned about the revelations of a comprehensive and causeless surveillance by U.S.-American and British intelligence services. Allegations are that large parts of German populations’ communications are monitored without their knowledge by intelligence services.

The Conference of the Data Protection Commissioners of the Federation and the Länder expects the Federal Government to do everything to protect the people in Germany against access to their data by third parties. This is not in line with the fundamental rights of German citizens according to Basic Law. The Federal Government must ensure full and complete reconnaissance of the facts and answer the question whether this data was transferred to German authorities and used by them. From the perspective of the Data Protection Conference, the revealed surveillance practicing underline the urgent need to adopt high standards of data protection for Europe and to ensure that these standards also apply for European data transmitted to governmental and private entities in third countries. Therefore, the Data Protection Conference addresses an appeal to the Federal Government to negotiate a high level of data protection and regulation in Brussels which will prevent comprehensive and causeless surveillance by European and non-European authorities.

The Chair of the Data Protection Conference, Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Dr. Imke Sommer, said: People in Germany are entitled to see the Federal Government safeguard their fundamental right of informational self-determination from violation neither by domestic nor by foreign authorities.


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