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Germany publishes second draft of a new data protection act

Germany has published second draft of its?new German Federal Data Protection Act. First draft, published in?September 2016,?was heavily criticized. New draft law?aims to align German data protection law with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and EU directive 2016/680. To become a law, draft has?to be approved by the Department of Justice and the parliament.

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World’s biggest Internet hub sues German government over surveillance

On September 9, 2016, the operator of the world?s largest Internet hub, De-Cix, filed lawsuit against the German government to stop mass surveillance by the German intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND). De-CIX is challenging the legality of orders from the BND to implement monitoring of communications flowing through its Frankfurt Internet exchange point. De-CIX insists that mass surveillance is illegal. Recently leaked Germany?s federal data protection commissioner?s secret report stating BND repeatedly broke law engaging in mass surveillance activities.

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German spies violated law, says watchdog

Leaked Germany’s federal data protection commissioner’s secret report reveals that Germany’s intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has repeatedly seriously violated law. According to report, the BND has created seven databases without the appropriate legal approval, and also transferred huge amount of data to NSA in US.

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