Faeser wants IP addresses, but no data retention

Interior Minister Faeser rejects data retention, but instead wants to collect IP addresses for criminal prosecution.

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in an interview with Deutschlandfunk on Wednesday that she opposes data retention. Instead, she wants IP addresses. These should help in the fight against child abuse.

In an interview with Deutschlandfunk, Interior Minister Faeser stated that she wanted to step up efforts to combat child abuse. In principle, she welcomes the EU’s corresponding plans to delete material more quickly. Preserving evidence is also important. In this context, she wants to look for ways to save the IP addresses of suspicious computers and devices in question. She more or less dismissed data retention.

Quick freeze procedure instead of data retention?

Instead, a quick freeze procedure has been in use for some time Conversation. This is intended to oblige Internet providers to save the data of a specific participant if there is an initial suspicion. This is intended to achieve “fundamental rights-compliant” storage.

Data retention in Germany has been on hold since 2017. In the traffic light coalition, the German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann and other politicians have already expressed their opposition to data retention. The legally and ethically dubious instrument is to be replaced by more targeted measures. This will now be the task of Nancy Faeser and Marco Buschmann.

Faeser is not enthusiastic about chat control

Nancy Faeser doesn’t see the chat control as an optimal solution either and demands modification. The state should not intervene in encrypted messages and hit many innocent people, she said during a visit to the BKA in Wiesbaden. She refused to check every message without cause, be it e-mail or WhatsApp. However, she assured the BKA that she wanted to support the authority in the fight against child abuse.

Minister of Justice Buschmann has a similar opinion and, like Nancy Faeser, rejects surveillance of private communications without cause.

Which method now, however, as a “replacement” for the Faeser left open the question of whether data retention, which has failed in many cases, should be used. The regulation on data retention in Germany provides for the collection of extensive data from all communication participants. This includes storing location data for four weeks and communications and other data for ten weeks. The regulation is since 38. June 2017 repealed.

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