Germany Is Getting Serious about Content

July 13, 2020

If accurate, Germany is moving ahead of the Five Eyes’ group in terms of access to online data. “New German Law Would Force ISPs to Allow Secret Service to Install Trojans on User Devices” reports:

A new law being proposed in Germany would see all 19 federal state intelligence agencies in Germany granted the power to spy on German citizens through the use of Trojans. The new law would force internet service providers (ISPs) to install government hardware at their data centers which would reroute data to law enforcement, and then on to its intended destination so the target is blissfully unaware that their communications and even software updates are being proxied.

If accurate, this is an important law. Germany’s experience with this type of legislation will put some oomph in the Five Eyes’ partners efforts as well as influence other European entities.

Stephen E Arnold, July 13, 2020

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