Last week, the Federal Ministry of the Interior presented a new antiterrorism package, including an idea to overcome the legal distinction between telecommunication services and telemedia services. This change would mean that companies from both sectors could be subject to the same data retention legal requirements. This 2015 re-introduced and adjusted law on data retention would also be applicable to messenger services or social media. Currently, only telecommunication providers must retain data such as phone numbers, time and place of communication and IP addresses. This new law on data retention has, however, been brought before the Federal Constitutional Court.

Planned Measures to Increase Security in Germany (PDF) (in German)