In a recent statement, the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag – DIHT) expressed doubts over the appropriateness of a governmental draft on the introduction of data retention in Germany.

The DIHT expressed its concerns that companies would again be over-burdened by onerous and impractical legal requirements and suggested a thorough re-examination of the current draft. The current draft obliges telecommunications providers to retain data such as phone numbers, time and place of communication (except for emails) and IP addresses for between four and 10 weeks.

Download the German Chamber of Commerce statement (PDF) (in German)