DANVILLE, N.C. — Germany is weighing a new law that would bar German citizens from buying or renting out any kind of prosthetic limb or artificial brain.
The proposal comes as the country grapples with an epidemic of new infections, such as a new coronavirus that has infected more than 2 million people and killed more than 6,000.
German officials are also considering a law that could require that any foreign buyer or seller be registered with authorities.
The proposed law would be on the books in the state of Saxony, which borders Austria and Switzerland.
It is the first time that Germany has considered a ban on prosthetics and would apply to any goods sold or rented from abroad.
In Germany, a prosthetic or artificial limb is defined as “a human-like body part or body part with an integrated functional part, that can function in a way that allows the user to perform functions other than the natural functions of the body.”
The law could also apply to those who rent out a prosthesis or brain, such a prosthetist, for a short period of time, and then buy another prosthesis for a fixed price.
The law would also apply if the person was not the original owner.
Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that the law violated Americans’ constitutional right to privacy by making it illegal to rent or sell any kind, and not just those in the same country.
It was the first such ruling by a federal court in the United States.
The bill was first proposed last year by a coalition of business groups, and the Federal Council of Civil Liberties, an advocacy group, filed a petition last month with the federal Constitutional Court to ask the Constitutional Court for an opinion on the issue.
Critics say that the proposal would be unconstitutional.
“It would make German people into guinea pigs for foreign criminals who would then use the same technology in their own homes,” said Markus Hecht, a member of the parliament’s parliamentary group on civil liberties.
“And it’s just a waste of money and a waste for taxpayers to take care of the German taxpayer.”
German authorities have been working to crack down on the use of brain implants and other artificial parts in recent years.
The government said in April that more than 300,000 German citizens have been diagnosed with the virus, and more than 100,000 people had died.
The number of cases is expected to reach 10,000 this year.
Germany is the world’s third-largest consumer of artificial limbs and is also the world leader in the use and sale of artificial brains.
An average of 1.5 million people are infected each year with the coronaviruses that cause it, and about a third of them die.