Malte Spitz data retention

Unlike cit­i­zens of the Unit­ed States, the Ger­man Green Par­ty politi­cian Malte Spitz suc­cess­ful­ly sued his pri­va­cy-invad­ing mes­sage-inter­cep­tors (in his case, T-Mobile, not his gov­ern­ment) for six months of his mobile-device meta­da­ta. This meta­da­ta had been cap­tured and stored under an imple­men­ta­tion of an EU direc­tive. The imple­men­ta­tion was lat­er deemed uncon­sti­tu­tion­al.

Spitz’s recent New York Times op-ed, “Ger­many Loved Oba­ma. Now We Don’t Trust Him.” is an account of his expe­ri­ence and a spot-on analy­sis of how the Unit­ed States is destroy­ing its cred­i­bil­i­ty iso­lat­ing itself.

Read the op-ed; it’s well worth your time. Then watch Zeit Online’s amaz­ing ani­mat­ed data-visu­al­iza­tion of Spitz’s meta­da­ta.

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