Corona measures: police defend access to guest lists – “excitement about this is difficult to understand”

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Criticism grows

Anyone entering a restaurant in the corona pandemic must leave their contact details because of the infection chains. But the police also access the data.

Update from August 2, 1:57 p.m.: Police unions have rejected criticism of the practice, data from so-called Corona guest lists to use for investigative purposes. “One of the main tasks of the police is to ward off dangers and prosecute crimes,” said the deputy Head of the police union, Jörg Radek, of the dpa. “Depending on the state-specific specification of the regulations, this may also include the possibility of viewing documents, such as such Corona guest lists.”

The basis for this is the nationwide one Code of Criminal Procedure. The police do not decide alone whether such lists are used for investigations, but on the orders of the public prosecutor or a judge. “It has to be weighed up and justified in individual cases,” said Radek.

Also the chairman of the German police union, Rainer Wendt, stressed a rigorous proportionality test. But: If there is suspicion of a criminal offense and other investigative approaches are not recognizable, there must be the possibility to look into such guest lists and evaluate the data, that is also provided for by the respective laws. ”A change of purpose is also legally permissible . “That’s why the excitement is hardly understandable,” said Wendt.

Restaurants are obliged personal data to collect their guests so that the health authorities can help them in the event of a Covid-19 disease identify other potentially infected people. Like from one dpa– Survey conducted by the country’s police and home ministries has so far been in Bavaria, Hamburg and Rhineland-Palatinate individual cases in which officials accessed guest data. In Baden-Württemberg, the data are according to the Interior Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU) on the other hand, only used to track possible infection routes.

Update from July 30th, 12.17 p.m.: Of the Dehoga Restaurant Association calls for clarification of the 16 state governmentswhether and how that police those necessary when visiting restaurants Corona guest lists evaluates. “This is extremely sensitive”said Dehoga chief executive Ingrid Hartges the Rheinische Post. The restaurants are obliged to collect personal data of their guests so that the health authorities can help them in the event of a Covid-19 disease identify other potentially infected people.

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After incidents in Hamburg and Munich, where the police also use the guest data Prosecution used, the association demands a clear regulation in the Corona regulations of the federal states. “There is an urgent need for clarity,” said Hartges. She had something similar FDP demands (see first registration).

Update of July 29, 9:21 p.m.: Of the FDP domestic politician Konstantin Kuhle has high hurdles for him Access from investigators to that of Restaurants because of the corona pandemic Guest lists required. “The use of Corona guest lists by the police has the potential to do that Trust of the population to shake up the corona measures, “Kuhle told the newspapers of the Funke media group. “Anyone who reveals his data in the belief that this is for Disclosure of infection chains thought, must not suddenly be in one police investigation find again. “

The hurdles to using relevant data should therefore be high abuse exclude and trust people in protecting their personal data ensure, asked Kuhle. The Rhineland-Palatinate data protection officer Dieter Kugelmann had also recently asked for high hurdles and said: “Reports are accumulating nationwide according to which police officers have access to the Corona guest lists”.

The hotel and restaurant association Dehoga brought the spark– Newspapers also worry about acceptance of the letter in a letter to its members Corona measures to expression. In any case, “use of such changes in the purpose of data collection should be made with great caution,” it says. “Otherwise you could Conflict situations increase between innkeepers and guests if guests have reservations about the mandatory guest data registration due to frequent police inquiries. “

First report from July 29th: Berlin – Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer is against renewed border controls with neighboring German countries to carry out coronavirus * tests. He could not imagine that for the German borders, said the CSU politician on Tuesday in Berlin. “I will also strongly advocate that,” he said.

Seehofer referred to the experience with temporary controls to France, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark. “We had fewer technical problems Implementation of these border controls, but we had huge problems politically. ”Proponents of such controls would have criticized them only days later, and it was too Waiting time for commuters come in border regions.

Reinforced testing on that Corona virus* however, are to be welcomed, says Seehofer. If this is legally possible, those of Minister of Health are also Jens Spahn announced Compulsory tests for returnees from high-risk areas an option. That is currently still under legal scrutiny, his house is in talks with the Ministry of Health and the Chancellery. All important developments for Corona virus* Pandemic in Germany read here in the news ticker. (fmü / dpa) * merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.

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