Germany’s Interior Minister wants to force tech and car companies to provide the German security services with hidden digital access to cars, computers, phones and more. …
The proposal would “dramatically extend” the state’s powers to spy on its citizens.
The Interior Minister has been motivated to propose a new law by the fact that it is becoming ever more difficult for the intelligence agencies to break through the security systems which protect privacy on digital devices.
For example, the modern locking systems on cars are so intelligent that they even warn a driver if their car is shaken a little bit. De Maizière wants the new law to ensure that these alerts would not be sent out to a car owner if the police determined it to be justified by their investigation. …
De Maizière also wants the security services to have the ability to spy on any device connected to the internet. Tech companies would have to give the state “back door” access to private tablets and computers, and even to smart TVs and digital kitchen systems.
As Mark Steyn said about Angela Merkel, “You can take the girl out of East Germany, but you can’t take the East Germany out of the girl.”
If the German government gets this, every other government will want it too. Maybe the Chinese and US Governments already do?