Economic and Industrial Espionage

What dis­tin­guishes eco­nom­ic es­pi­on­age from in­dus­tri­al es­pi­on­age? What prac­tic­al prob­lems do af­fected com­pan­ies face when they want to re­port ac­tu­al or sus­pec­ted es­pi­on­age? These are just some of the ques­tions raised by seni­or re­search­er Dr. Mi­chael Kilch­ling in his art­icle “Wirtschaftss­pi­on­age und Konkur­ren­za­usspähung – Heraus­for­der­ungen für Staat und Wirtschaft" [Eco­nom­ic and In­dus­tri­al Es­pi­on­age – Chal­lenges for the State and Eco­nomy], which re­cently ap­peared in the journ­al Zeits­chrift für das Ges­amte Sich­er­heit­s­recht.


The reg­u­la­tion and con­trol of eco­nom­ic and in­dus­tri­al es­pi­on­age is a ma­jor chal­lenge. One reas­on for this is that the law dif­fer­en­ti­ates between ‘clas­sic’ eco­nom­ic es­pi­on­age and in­dus­tri­al es­pi­on­age. Con­sequently, de­pend­ing on the type of crime in­volved, dif­fer­ent au­thor­it­ies are re­spons­ible for the in­vest­ig­a­tion and pro­sec­u­tion of the al­leged or sus­pec­ted es­pi­on­age.

The con­tri­bu­tion is part of the over­arch­ing WISKOS pro­ject, which stud­ies eco­nom­ic and in­dus­tri­al es­pi­on­age in Ger­many and Europe. Fur­ther in­form­a­tion can be found at wiskos.de/en.

  • Mi­chael Kilch­ling: Wirtschaftss­pi­on­age und Konkur­ren­za­usspähung – Heraus­for­der­ungen für Staat und Wirtschaft [Eco­nom­ic and In­dus­tri­al Es­pi­on­age – Chal­lenges for the State and Eco­nomy]. Zeits­chrift für das Ges­amte Sich­er­heit­s­recht (GSZ) 2020, is­sue 2, pp. 57-62. [More]


Fur­ther in­form­a­tion see also web­site in Ger­man.