DE-CIX, an international operator of internet exchanges, has announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the German Federal Ministry of the Interior before the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig for the practice of “strategic remote signal monitoring” (“strategische Fernmeldeüberwachung”) by the German Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst). A legal assessment by a renowned constitutional lawyer has called into question the legality of this practice. The company declared that it considers itself responsible for protectecting its clients and ensuring legal security.

DE-CIX questions legality of government tapping its system