germany mulls new move to improve snooping on cars and apartments - new car alarm system
The German government is considering legal reforms that require operators of car and house alarm systems to help law enforcement monitor potential terrorists or criminals, a ministry spokesman said Friday.
The spokesman said Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a conservative who plans to discuss the issue with security officials across the country next week
But the plans have drawn criticism from the Social Democrats. SPD)
He is a partner of the current German caretaker government and is under pressure to re-form the "big league" that has ruled Germany for the past four years.
Surveillance is a sensitive issue in Germany, as its legacy is espionage by the Stasi secret police in East Germany and the Gestapo in the Nazi era.
Boris Pistorius, a member of the Social Democratic Party and interior minister of Lower Saxony, said it was too early for de mezier's plan to "panic"
"2017 is not Orwell's 1984," he told Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung in an interview published on Saturday.
"We need the right judgment, not the exaggeration.
"In the past, law enforcement officers had trouble installing secret listening devices in cars and apartments because individuals were told by security systems in electronic devices connected to the Internet, or received text messages when their cars were turned on.
Officials are now exploring legal changes that require alarm system operators to provide specific tools to law enforcement to enable them to secretly open and bypass alarm systems in cases involving suspicious terrorist activities or organized crimes, the spokesman said.
He said authorities did not try to reach the suspect's computer, smartphone or other electronic devices.