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Short Update: Police in Germany defend the use of contact tracing for criminal investigations

FairTrialsAdmin - August 5, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, Surveillance

The German Police Union ("Polizeigewerkschaft") has rejected criticism regarding the practice of using data from ‘Corona guest lists’ for criminal investigations. The Police Union stated that criminal procedure laws allow the police to use information from the Corona guest lists of restaurants. Representatives of the Police Union stated that the decision to use such lists for criminal investigations were not taken by individual police officers, but by order of the Public Prosecutor’s Office or a judge.  

So far, there have been individual cases in Bavaria, Hamburg and Rhineland-Palatinate where police officers have accessed Corona guest lists of restaurants 

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