Data Retention: Monarchy Exposed Operators

Attached to data retention

Classified for official use only! emblazoned on the cover page of the zehnseitigen document. But with the secrecy, it’s over, because the Guide to accessing data in the Munich Public Prosecutor has surfaced on the Internet. How did the document there, is so far unclear. On request by COMPUTER image of the Munich senior public prosecutor August Stern confirmed by telephone the authenticity of the document.

Guide to accessing data
Lists the document exactly how long fixed and mobile carrier save the connection data of their customers. Also contains’s exact instructions, investigators must proceed, as to usage data of Internet, mobile and fixed-line customers to get.

What is saved?
Unbelievable: the document of the public prosecutor’s Office shows that different provider customer data obviously much longer save, as it would be necessary for billing. So, customer data are in the fixed-line provider HanseNet (Alice) half a year on ice, while Deutsche Telekom with a retention period of three days. In addition to device information that uniquely identifies the user (IMSI, IMEI), some providers capture also data they don’t need for payroll, about geo data of smartphones, as well as the phone numbers of incoming and outgoing calls and text messages even when flat rates.

Which provider stores what and for how long?

Provider Overview start unconstitutional grabbed
according to the data protection of the Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung, such data collection are illegal. So says Patrick Breyer, Member of the Working Group: the now exposed collecting practice of the German telecommunications industry is scandalous. The illegal communication and movement data storage brings millions of people in the danger of criminal investigations.

Privacy: acquisitiveness in the mobile service providers unconstitutional?
Background: data retention so you are spying

Data retention without legal basis
The privacy advocates relied on the judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court of March 2010, according to the data retention regulations are unconstitutional. Since then data may be not longer stored in Germany without criminal cause. In comments, deny the illegality of their storage practices the providers and rely on quick-freeze method. This procedure proposed by federal data protection officer sees however storing user data only in justified cases of suspected before.