2. January 2008
This is maybe a reply to Mathias Blog:
The new year brought a bunch of new regulations in Germany (or at least in some states of Germany as we have a quite annoying federal system which makes most things even worse):
- Smoking is now prohibited in all public buildings and all bars/restaurants/disco in Bavaria (and some other states while it is still allowed elsewhere). I like that much personally and it is sad that Germany is more or less the last country in europe having installed such a strict anti-smoking law.
- All internet traffic connection data in Germany is now stored for at least 6 months to fight
terrorismcivil rights. I always admire George Orwell for his vision as he died in 1950 not even knowing an “internet”. Anyway, there is a complaint of unconstitutionality and hopefully it will succeed. But for now, if you happen to use the internet in Germany – watch out.
Other than that the new year started quite good (on top of a church tower…). So, happy new year to everybody (excluding most politicians).