At a joint conference in Munich on Tuesday, the interior and justice ministers of the federal states agreed to control the fight against child pornography more effectively.
In the future, the Federal Criminal Police Office will coordinate the reporting and deletion processes.
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This is intended to prevent illegal content from being found on the Internet for longer than is absolutely necessary to clear up the crimes.
The police chiefs of the federal states would soon develop a corresponding proposal, said the chairman of the conference of interior ministers, Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU), after the meeting.
There was less agreement between the ministers on the question of what consequences to draw from the decision of the European Court of Justice on data retention.
The court had discarded data retention in its current form, but left room for general and indiscriminate retention of IP addresses for a limited period of time.
The state interior ministers want to use this opportunity across party lines.
They each belong half to the SPD and half to the Union.
"Nice tool, but no substitute for IP address tracking"
The opinions of the Ministers of Justice, on the other hand, differ more - with the exception of the AfD, however, there are also members of all parties represented in the Bundestag.
While Bavaria's Justice Minister Georg Eisenreich (CSU) and Lower Saxony's Justice Minister Barbara Havliza (CDU) spoke out in favor of IP storage after the conference, Hamburg's Justice Senator Anna Gallina (Greens), as spokeswoman for the Justice Ministers of the SPD, Greens, FDP and Left, made technical statements concerns raised.
It has not yet been clarified how persons subject to professional secrecy - such as doctors or lawyers - could be exempted from the storage.
The "quick freeze procedure" for freezing user data in the event of initial suspicion, which Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann (FDP) favors as an alternative to IP storage, is particularly skeptical for the state interior ministers.
Lower Saxony's Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) said the proposal was a "nice tool, but not a substitute for IP address tracking".
Without data investigations are not possible.
The justice and interior ministers of the federal states also agreed to draw consequences from the case of the Saxon judge and former AfD member of the Bundestag Jens Maier.
He returned to the judiciary after the last federal election, but is classified as a right-wing extremist by the Saxon State Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
He is prohibited from exercising his office as a judge.
However, he will receive his full salary.
The state ministers are considering extending the periods during which a judge's violation of the rule of moderation or of loyalty to the constitution can be taken into account in disciplinary proceedings.
Also being discussed is cutting the salaries of suspended judges by half.
Whether this will actually happen remains open even after the ministerial conference.
Hamburg's Justice Senator Gallina said the debate was "not yet over".
There is agreement on the goal, but constitutional issues still need to be clarified.