Surveillance violates fundamental rights

Mass surveillance conducted abroad by Germany is a violation of fundamental rights, the Constitutional Court ruled.

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Karlsruhe, Germany (dpa) - Mass surveillance conducted abroad by Germany is a violation of fundamental rights, the Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday.

"In their current form, surveillance powers of the Federal Intelligence Service [BND] regarding foreign telecommunications violate fundamental rights of the Basic Law," the judges said.

The case was brought by Reporters Without Borders, six foreign journalists and a human rights lawyer against legislation reformed in late 2016 that defines the scope and activities of the agency, allowing it to sift through data without needing a concrete suspicion to do so.

German citizens in theory enjoy protections against surveillance.