The federal government has just decided to allow all 19 secret services to use state Trojans. The cabinet has adopted the draft law to adapt the constitutional protection law, which brings it to the Bundestag.
In March 2019, the Ministry of the Interior drew up a first draft law . At that time, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Federal Intelligence Service should get the online search. The SPD was against it, saying: “You can't do that with the SPD” .
In June 2020 the Ministry of the Interior presented a second draft law . This meant that all 19 federal and state secret services should receive the source TKÜ. Parts of the SPD were in favor, party leader Saskia Esken was against.
Interior Minister Seehofer has now prevailed with the federal government's draft law. The state trojan is not limited to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution or the BND foreign secret service; in addition to the MAD military secret service, all 16 state offices for the protection of the constitution are allowed to hack end devices in order to divert communication.
A restriction to cases in which attacks are imminent and foreign secret services have already provided information, which was initially discussed, is nowhere to be found. This allows the state offices to spy on anyone who is watching them, for example the association of those persecuted by the Nazi regime in Bavaria or Endegebiet in Berlin.
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