Internet exchange DE-CIX sues German government due to bleeding

Sep

19

2016

The internet exchange DE-CIX administrator has sued the German government for the interception of its nodes. The organization is to ensure that a court rules on the legality of the taps.

The authority for the interception, according to DE-CIX is based on the G10 law, but the organization doubts whether the government has complied with the necessary guarantees. In that law the powers of the German intelligence and security services are established in the field of interception of communications. DE-CIX left for the weekend in a press release to know that the charge serves to assure customers that the interception is carried out lawfully and to obtain legal certainty for its customers.

The manager is supported in his argument by a recent report of the former president of the highest German court, Hans-J├╝rgen Papier. In it he came to the conclusion that the interception of Internet nodes, including those of DE-CIX is unlawful by the German secret service BND. The German site Netzpolitik writes that in the indictment is a specific part of the G10 legislation, where bleeding no suspect has been arranged. However, the limits of that power would at least unclear.

This conclusion is also reflected in the report. According Netzpolitik became known in 2013 that the German BND had official access since 2011 to the nodes DE-CIX and thus to the data from different providers. Out come out earlier statistics showed among other things that the German government had access to 37 million emails in 2010.

DE-CIX, which stands for Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange, the largest Internet exchange in the world when it comes to traffic. The organization manages several nodes, including Germany, USA, Dubai, France and Turkey.

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