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Germany Might Pass a Law Requiring Backdoors in Any Type of Modern Device

Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s Interior Minister, while preparing a bill that allows the government to mandate backdoors in encryption, says that police officers are having a hard time investigating cases because smart devices are warning owners before officers could do anything about it. The Minister cites the cases of smart cars that alert an owner as soon as the car is shaken, even a little bit. He says he’d like police to be able to intercept that warning and stop it when investigating a case.

However, privacy advocates say the text also contains wording that would allow the German state to intercept any traffic on the Internet, effectively setting up a surveillance state with full snooping powers over everyone’s online communications. Experts called for caution before approving the new law, which could easily be abused in its current state.

You can read more in an article by Catalin Cimpanu in the Bleeping Computer web site at:

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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