The District Court of Heilbronn has ruled that recordings from dashboard cameras (dashcams) are non-admissible as evidence in civil procedure due to violation of privacy rights. According to the Court, the interest of preserving evidence does not outweigh privacy rights and informational self-determination. The Court suggested that if dashcams become admissible evidence, there would be nothing to prevent citizens fixing cameras to, for example, their clothes in order to secure potential claims for damages, which in the end would amount  to the renouncement of the right to privacy. The Administrative Court of Ansbach has also previously ruled that dashcams were non-compatible with German data protection law.

Data Protection Authority Press Release