German minister vows to strike down data law after ECJ ruling

European Court of Justice

GERMAN Justice Minister Marco Buschmann on Tuesday welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) against the mass retention of users’ data by internet service providers.

“A good day for civil rights!” the minister, from the liberal Free Democrats, wrote on Twitter, describing it as a “historic ruling.”

“Germany’s data retention without cause is illegal. We will now swiftly and finally remove unjustified data retention from the law,” Buschmann wrote.

The law has been on hold but still on the statute books since a German court ruling in 2017 that said the companies concerned were not obliged to store the data. (dpa/NAN)