The German Constitutional Court decided on April 23 to impose a strict separation between the work of the police and intelligence services.

For the Karlsruhe based court, the exchange of data between the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, intelligence services, military counter-intelligence and the police amounts to —

a severe infringement of the rights of those concerned, which is why it can only be allowed in exceptional cases.

The judges did, however, authorise an “anti-terrorist” listing, while declaring another “secret service contact” listing unconstitutional. Initiated in 2006, the second database contains information on 18,000 potential terrorists, supplied by 38 intelligence services.