A controversial new law requiring telecoms companies to retain details of Germans’ communications for 10 weeks was passed on Friday with votes from 404 MPs.
The law means that all telecommunications metadata – including computer addresses and phone numbers – will be saved for ten weeks, in a measure which the government claims will help fight terrorism and serious organized crime.
Data about the location of participants in mobile phone conversations will be saved for four weeks, while no information will be kept about email exchanges.
The government says that the contents of people’s communications will not be saved.
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