Germany’s BVerfG rules that right to privacy extends to foreign Internet users

Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG) ruled that privacy rights enshrined in the German constitution extend to foreigners living abroad, and cover their online data. According to the New York Times, this decision orders the German government to overhaul a 2016 law governing the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), and clarify the motivation for spying on individuals abroad, but stopped short of banning the practice outright. The BVerfG found that the measures stipulated in the law were not good enough grounds for violating an individual’s privacy.

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