In the course of the current rulings on data retention, the EU Court of Justice (C-339/20 and C-397/20) has ruled in a further case on a certain handling in France. What appears on the surface to be a pure data retention issue turns out, on closer inspection, to be a potentially landmark decision for the German criminal justice system.
The fact that criminal proceedings arise in Germany because of cryptocurrencies has long since ceased to be a peculiarity. Many tax advisors take on the topic and solicit clients – but those who only think with the view of tax law can cost their clients a lot of money. In recent years, as a German criminal defense lawyer, I have regularly acted as a defender in criminal proceedings concerning cryptocurrencies – and can only urge caution.
Cybercrime is changing more and more, not only in terms of the increasingly monetized and professionalized approach, but also in the investigators’ approach: Whereas in the past the focus was on perpetrators and also delimitable perpetrator structures, today, in my view, it is increasingly infrastructures that are the focus.