Radar domes are located on the premises of a communications intercept station of German intelligence agency BND in Bad Aibling, Germany, Thursday May 7, 2015. (ANGELIKA WARMUTH/dpa via AP)
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Germany's spy agency can monitor major internet hubs if Berlin deems it necessary for strategic security interests, a federal court has ruled. In a ruling late Wednesday, the Federal Administrative Court threw out a challenge by the world's largest internet hub, the De-Cix exchange, against the tapping of its data flows by the BND foreign intelligence service.The operator had argued that the spy agency was breaking the law by capturing German domestic communications along with international data.De-Cix said in a statement Thursday that it believed the ruling shielded it from criminal liability for violations of the law protecting German domestic communications against tapping by stating that the German government bore responsibility.
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