The Federal Data Protection Commissioner, Andrea Voßhoff, has welcomed the recent decision by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) not to enforce the data retention obligations or to initiate fine proceedings against non-compliant telecommunication providers. This decision follows a case before the Higher Administrative Court (Oberverwaltungsgericht) of Nordrhein-Westfalen from June 2017, which ruled that the obligation of telecommunication providers to retain their users’ communication data was not compatible with European Union law. The data retention obligation was reintroduced in Germany in December 2015 and must be complied with from 1 July 2017. Voßhoff stated that the Federal Network Agency acted appropriately with respect to the current jurisdiction and that data retention constituted a massive breach of basic rights.