Thousands protest in Germany over personal data protection

13th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Following a string of scandals involving the sale of confidential information such as bank details and addresses the German government beefed up protection measures.

Berlin -- More than 10,000 people on Saturday took to the streets of Berlin, police said, to demand better protection of personal data after a number of scandals.

Police put the number of demonstrators at 10,000 while unions and political parties which organised the protest said there were around 20,000.

"We must say a clear 'no' to the folly of government surveillance," said co-president of the Greens Claudia Roth.

Data protection activist Thilo Weichert said "surveillance and censorship" were undermining the fundamental rights of citizens.

Following a string of scandals involving the sale of confidential information such as bank details and addresses the German government beefed up protection measures.

However, an anti-terrorist law was adopted by parliament in 2008 which allows surveillance by the police and secret services.

AFP/Expatica

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