By Sven Heymann – wsws.org: Last
week, by a large majority, the Bundestag (federal parliament) agreed to
a massive expansion of digital surveillance. The state will be given
the power to deploy “trojans,” computer code that can bypass a user’s
security and implement remote online searches of a person’s devices. The
decision effectively eliminates the possibility of secure digital
communications in Germany.
At the end of the state interior ministers conference last week,
federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (CDU) had announced that
the government would create the legal basis for these powers during this
legislative period, and thus before the parliamentary summer break.