Posteo was the first German provider to disclose how often investigative authorities had requested user information. The provider hopes that others now follow suit.
On Monday, Posteo became the first German email provider to publish numbers regarding requests from authorities. According to the report, criminal investigative authorities requested information on users a total of seven times in the last year. In six of these, the authorities only wanted user information from the provider – more or less the name, address and bank details connected to an email account. In one case it went beyond this and included the content of the account and ongoing communication – so-called telecommunication surveillance (TKÜ). There were no requests from intelligence agencies.