German government approves anti-terror spyware
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