Andrea Voßhoff, the Federal Data Protection Commissioner, has criticised a recent declaration by Christian Democrat Ministers of the Interior calling for a stricter security policy including the extension of data retention or video surveillance. Voßhoff acknowledged that preventing terrorist attacks is a big challenge, but warned that data protection and security should not be turned against each other. Voßhoff stated that security measures must conform to basic rights and data protection commissioners must be able to control the activities of security authorities.

BfDI Opinion on the “Berlin Declaration” (in German)