Friday, 23 June 2017

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The new law represents one the biggest overhauls of surveillance legislation in Germany's history. Under the new rules, investigators can install malware on smartphones, tablets and computers that lets them read WhatsApp messages and other personal communication. Installing the so-called "State Trojan" will allow investigators to circumvent any encryption, since they're getting their intelligence straight from the source - they see whatever the suspect sees on his devices.
In addition to this real-time surveillance of communication, the new law will also allow authorities to install malware to read anything and everything that's saved on a device. In effect, the change means that authorities can access a copy of a suspect's hard drive.
Politicians from the governing coalition of CDU, CSU and SPD say the new law is necessary to keep up with terrorists and other criminals, who mostly communicate online and not via phone calls anymore.
"This is how we facilitate efficient, cutting-edge law enforcement that's keeping us all safe," Michael Frieser, domestic policy expert with the conservative CSU, said in the Bundestag on Thursday.
To critics, the new law isn't so much cutting-edge as it is dangerously invasive. They say it violates privacy rights and isn't in line with rules handed down from the Constitutional Court, Germany's highest judicial body.


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