Andrea Vosshoff, Germany's Federal Data Protection Commissioner, has described the German data retention bill, which proposes mandatory retention of telephone records and computer IP addresses for ten weeks, as a disproportionate interference with German and European rights.

Ms Vosshoff has published a 31 page position paper and states that the "brief and unconvincing argumentation simply ignores" the ECJ’s first explanation and the interference with the basic right to respect private and family life in Article 7, and protect personal data in Article 8, of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Ms Vosshoff also criticised the legislative procedure. She stated that "It is unacceptable that a draft law, which has massive interventions into the fundamental rights of citizens …..and absolute core issues of data protection concerns (particularly in the area of my supervision under their telecommunications and security agencies), is de facto carried out without my participation."

To read the report (in German) please click here.