German Pirates take battle for right to mobile anonymity to European Court of Human Rights

Members of Germany’s Pirate Party, Piraten Partei, are protesting against the ban on sales of anonymous pre-paid SIM cards in the country.Following an appeal by Patrick Breyer, an MP for the Pirate Party in the Schleswig-Holstein regional parliament, and his brother Jonas Breyer, the German constitutional court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) confirmed in January that the country’s law requires consumers to show ID when buying pre-paid SIMs. The Breyer brothers had sought to get the anonymous purchase of SIM cards allowed on the grounds that preventing their sale inhibits freedom of communication.To continue reading this ZDNet report, go to:

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