The German Federal Data Protection Officer, Andrea Voßhoff, has welcomed the ruling of the Federal Administrative Court on several lawsuits based on the Freedom of Information Act. In one case, the court admonished the hitherto practice of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and limited the costs for extensive requests of information. It confirmed the sum of €500 as the upper limit of charges. In another case, the court affirmed that telephone lists of state authorities, such as job centres, may not be disclosed without the consent of the official staff. Voßhoff lauded the fact that the court has brought into balance the privacy of official staff and the information interest of citizens.