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Germany: Court decides that Federal Ministry of the Interior must make its Twitter direct messages public
Germany: Court decides that Federal Ministry of the Interior must make its Twitter direct messages public
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Following a decision by the Administrative Court of Berlin on Wednesday, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) must make direct messages sent from the ministry's official account on Twitter publicly available.

It is still unclear whether details such as names or other information relevant to data protection law can or must be blacked out.

The journalist and activist from the Open Knowledge Foundation and the transparency portal "Frag den Staat" ("Ask the State"), Arne Semsrott, filed a lawsuit against the BMI in September 2018.