Controversial German data law is overturned

The law had allowed for the sale of data from local government to companies - without citizen permission.

The German Bundesrat (or upper house of parliament) has overturned a law which was controversially passed by the lower house in July 2012.  Readers may remember that the law was originally passed in less than a minute while many MPs were busy elsewhere watching the German football team play Italy in the European Championships.

The law allowed local government to sell citizen's contact information to companies.  A parliamentary committee is now working to make changes to the law.

Source: The Local Germany.