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Short Update: Conflict over police access to contact data in German Bundesland Rhineland-Palatinate

FairTrialsAdmin - July 29, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Surveillance, Rule of Law

Since mid-May, there is a requirement to leave name, address and telephone number when attending public places such as restaurants, in order for people to be contacted in the event of a Corona virus infection. Restaurants and other public places must delete the data after a certain period of time or destroy records. Ministries of the interior of two regions have confirmed that the police had started using the data in criminal investigations. There is concern and debate between members of the Bundesland Rhineland-Palatinate parliament as to the use of this data in criminal investigations (see SWR aktuell and sr.de in German). 

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