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Data council condemns police raid on psychologist’s office

RatSWD calls for review of confidentiality laws after Bavarian academic’s interview materials are seized

Germany’s Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD) has strongly criticised the Bavarian police for searching the office of a psychologist, confiscating an interview recording and seizing other research material.

The raid happened last year at the Erlangen office of legal psychologist Mark Stemmler. Stemmler, the chair of psychological assessment at the University of Erlangen, is involved in a research project in which he interviewed prisoners to understand radicalisation.

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