Hamburg: criticism of police investigations with gas lists to a traffic offense

Hamburg: criticism of police investigations with gas lists to a traffic offense

Police in Hamburg have so far accessed contact details from Corona restaurant guest lists in five known cases during investigations. That’s according to a response from the Red-Green Senate to a question from FDP Burgerschaftsabgeordneter Anna von Treuenfels-Frowein. "Four cases involved criminal investigations by the criminal investigation department and one case involved investigations by the traffic directorate into a traffic accident", hieb es. These are the known traps, because the police do not collect the number statistically.

"Rededication" of antivirus data criticized

"If they have already been used for police purposes in five cases, and if due to the lack of overview a high number of unreported cases is to be expected in the redirection away from the Corona infection tracing, then this proves all the fears: Data that citizens give voluntarily for virus protection is misused", said the non-factional member of parliament. "Even to pursue only misdemeanors." Such a case, which was reported to the Interior Department by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is also mentioned in the Senate’s reply.

"This contradicts what Tschentscher, Grote The principle of proportionality, which was invoked in the case of", complained Treuenfels-Frowein. "It will reduce confidence in the use of guest lists among innkeepers and guests alike." In the end, the spread of the virus is encouraged in times of rising infection figures, in order to track down traffic sinners or other black sheep." In its response, the Senate emphasized that Hamburg’s Sars-CoV-2 indentification ordinance allows the gas lists to be used in investigations in weighty individual cases.

Hamburg police refer to "Crime of special significance"

A police spokesman described one of the Hamburg traps from late June in response to a dpa inquiry: a man had threatened several people with a knife in the Planten un Blomen park. 13 attempted dangerous bodily injuries had been paid for. Fortunately, no one was injured. During the pursuit, witnesses in a pub had given important clues as to where the man had run off to. Thus the arrest was successful. When officers later returned to the pub to find out more from the witnesses, they were no longer there. That’s why they used the guest list to find witnesses for questioning and to clarify whether there were other victims. "A crime of special importance was in the offing", explained the police spokesman.

The collection of guest data in restaurants, pubs, cinemas and hotels is actually intended to track potential coronavirus infection chains. However, Dehoga, the umbrella organization of the hotel and restaurant industry, is critical of the fact that this data is also used by investigative authorities, and considers police access to such information to be a "Highly sensitive topic". Bavarian Interior Minister Herrmann (CSU) had defended the police practice, pointing out that this information is only available in the case of "serious crimes" were used.

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