Germany’s highest court has begun examining a controversial data storage law, in what is the country’s biggest ever lawsuit.
The constitutional court must decide the legality of keeping phone and internet records after more than 34,000 people, including the current justice minister, filed an action to over-turn the law.
Since 2008, German telecom firms have been required to store all phone and internet usage for six months – something Police and supporters say is crucial to help prevent terrorism and crime.
That data is not supposed to be recorded, listened to or read, just kept to see who emailed or phoned whom, and what websites were visited.
Opponents however claim the room for abuse or error is huge and more than 10,000 took to the streets of Berlin recently calling for the laws abolition.