The Federal Constitutional Court has received a lawsuit from media organizations and journalists. At the beginning of 2020, the highest federal judges will be working intensively on the powers of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) in the overseas surveillance.
The First Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court hears in January over a lawsuit by media organizations and journalists against the BND Act. This was announced by the court in Karlsruhe on Tuesday.
Extensive powers by law?
The new BND law came into force at the beginning of 2017. According to the plaintiffs, the federal government legalises this a global mass surveillance, The BND can listen to virtually unlimited telephone calls abroad and evaluate the Internet traffic.
Danger for trusting cooperation
The suit has filed an alliance with the organization Reporters Without Borders and several foreign journalists. They fear that abuses will go undetected worldwide because contact persons can no longer trust the media. The German editorial secret would also be eroded if, for example, partner media could be intercepted in major international searches.
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