de: 13,000 determined to file suit against data retention legislation

Interest in the proposed “mass filing of constitutional complaints” against last week’s passing of the data retention amendments by the Federal Parliament [Bundestag] on the retention of phone and internet data keeps sky rocketing. Already more than 13,000 concerned citizens are prepared to challenge the warrantless storing of user traces before the Federal Constitutional Court, reports the Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung [working group on data retention] this Friday with reference to the the number of complaints which had been filed with the Berlin-based law firm Starostik. Solicitor Meinhard Starostik intends to represent the plaintiffs jointly in the Karlsruhe court. He relates that the number of plaintiffs has almost doubled since the passing of the relevant legislation on telecommunication surveillance had been amended.

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