The German Federal Administrative Court (BVerwG) has ruled that the Bavarian police are allowed to use vehicle data recognition systems (to record vehicle number plates) and to cross check data captured with  data held in police files. The plaintiff had claimed that this practice  was incompatible with the right to informational self-determination as  a part of the constitutional right to privacy, as the state could use the  data to create movement profiles of drivers. According to the BVerwG,  however, the plaintiff did not prove the violation of his rights with a  sufficient degree of probability. An interference with the right to privacy  could only be assumed if the vehicle recordings were stored, which  only occurred if the data captured matched that in police files.

News release – BverwG – October 2014