Germany’s Intelligence Services to Use Remote Forensic Software

Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, has passed the “Gesetz zur Anpassung des Verfas­sungs­schutzrechts” (law amending the Act on the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution). According to this amendment, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Federal Police are allowed to make use of so-called source telecommunication surveillance. This basically means that the authorities are allowed to eavesdrop on citizens’ digital communica­tions - under certain conditions. In a Deutschlandfunk Kultur podcast, legal expert Ralf Poscher explains why this procedure is potentially problematic from a legal perspective.


Podcast (in German)


Ralf Poscher is director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. He heads the Department of Public Law.