02 Jun German Intel to Keep Spying on World’s Largest Internet Hub
Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service, Bundesnachrichtendienst or BND won a lawsuit this week that will allow it to continue spying on De-Cix in Frankfurt, the world’s biggest internet hub.
De-Cix previously sued the Bundesnachrichtendienst in 2016 where it accused the service of scooping too much data without targeting, as well as spying on German communications illegally. However, the court rules in favor of the intelligence service, saying that the De-Cix did not have the legal standing to invoke the law on telecom secrecy since it is only an intermediary for telecom traffic.
After the decision, the hub operator said that it finds it “incomprehensible” that the Leipzig court did not recognize the BND violations and added that everyone’s privacy rights are now solely in the hands of the government’s intelligence oversight committee.