The German Bundestag has adopted a draft law for the improvement of information exchange in combating international terrorism. Aside from extending the capabilities of the Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution and the Federal Police, the law also tightens the provisions of the German Telecommunications Act obliging telecommunication providers to process and store personal data of customers. Interestingly, an application to the European Court of Human Rights filed in 2012 against these provisions is likely to be held admissible. This follows from a recent Court letter informing the applicant that the German government has been asked to make a statement on the admissibility and merits of the case. The application in question concerns whether or not the prohibition of anonymous mobile communication is compatible with the rights to private life and freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights (Articles 8 and 10 respectively).
Press release (in German)