The German government yesterday passed a controversial anti-terror
law that would grant police the power to monitor private residences,
telephones and computers.
Instead of tapping phones, they would be able to use video
surveillance and even spy software to collect evidence. Physically
tampering with suspects' computers would still not be allowed, but
police could send anonymous e-mails containing trojans and hope the
suspects infect their own computers.
Government cyberspying, the legislators point out, would only be conducted in a handful of exceptional cases.
The bill, called a building block for Germany's security
architecture by interior minister Wolfgang Sch