The superior court of Germany reflects on the limits of the powers of the spy agency

BERLIN: the highest court is considering imposing stricter limits on the activities of foreigners in the country.

On Tuesday he had to hear a lawsuit filed by a group of journalists and a lawyer against a new law that regulates the powers of the spy agency.

The plaintiffs, including the campaign group. Reporters without borders , they say the 2017 law potentially exposes journalists to surveillance without just cause, such as when phone calls are made with foreign colleagues.

They cite a report three years ago by German weekly Der Spiegel that the BND had at least 50 numbers and email addresses of foreign journalists among its surveillance objectives.

The German government argues that additional limits on the agency's powers would make it more difficult to respond to possible crises and threats.

By law, the BND has to automatically delete the recordings of the conversations of German citizens collected by the mass surveillance operations of the foreign spy agency.

The Karlsruhe-based court is expected to hold two days of hearings and issue a verdict in the coming months.

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