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Coalition squabbles over government spyware
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Coalition squabbles over government spyware

Published: 11 Oct 2011 08:50 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Oct 2011 08:50 GMT+02:00

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger of the FDP demanded better privacy protection for citizens on Tuesday, while Hans-Peter Uhl, domestic policy spokesman for the Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to the ruling conservative Christian Democratic Union, accused the minister of putting the police in a legal grey area.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, also of the CSU, weighed in on the debate too, saying he saw no problem with the use of the Trojan to track down criminals.

Police unions, meanwhile, said the spyware needed to be handled more professionally.

The row was sparked last Sunday, when hackers from the Chaos Computer Club said the German government’s spy software contained dangerous security flaws while allowing potentially illegal activity.

Bavarian state prosecutors admitted they had used the software, though they would not reveal any details about the investigations.

Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger told the Handelsblatt newspaper on Tuesday, “Strict state control measures need to be used to protect private citizens from being spied on.”

Uhl countered by saying the minister had failed to provide the police with clear legal regulations for carrying out investigations, and so could not complain that such regulations were not being followed.

Herrmann for his part said he did not see how the Bavarian police or judiciary had broken any rules.

“These are measures that are clearly defined by the federal government, and which the constitutional court has allowed for use in investigating serious crime,” he told the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper.

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Your comments about this article

14:58 October 11, 2011 by Wobinidan
This is shameful behaviour by the police. Infecting people's computers with a virus (a badly programmed virus at that) jeopardises the privacy and security of people who haven't been charged with a crime.
18:26 October 11, 2011 by Loth
So first they put up a billboard showing half naked children. Bounce a invisible lase beam off your head off your head, to see if you like kids. They can measure the results in the slight variations of the light beam. Then put spyware on your computer to trap you? Germany must have a lot more spare cash then the US. But if Germany is doing it they probably all are. The US just has to borrow the money from communist China.
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