Against great criticism from politicians and the society the German government has decided on the remake of the data retention law.

With a great majority of 404 against 148 votes the German Bundestag has passed a remake of of the controversial law. Opposition came mainly from the leftist and green parties and many different parts of society.

After the predecessor had been ruled to be against the constitution by the constitutional court the government now adjusted it to storing less data for shorter periods of time and increasing the hurdle to access those data. Still many critics point out that it is a breach of privacy rights, could damage Germany’s good reputation regarding data privacy and could be a big risk to small and medium companies due to unpredictable increases of bureaucracy, cost and effort to comply with the new regulations. Privacy groups have already announced to go to the constitutional court again.