State-Owned Spyware Violates German Constitution and Human Rights – Expert

Thursday, August 18, 2016
By Paul Martin

German law enforcement officers plan to launch tracking programs to maintain the revelatory operations. According to economic lawyer and politician Jörg Ahrweiler, the use of these viruses violates the Constitution and a number of laws. In an interview to Sputnik, Ahrweiler also questioned the effectiveness of these programs at their enormous cost.

The two programs are required to perform different functions, Jörg Ahrweiler, the chairman of the Pirate Party Germany in Saarlouis, told Sputnik. One of them is focused on the system unit, and the other on the database and hard drives.

The state monitoring program RCIS, “Remote Communication Interception Software,” was created by the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany in June 2015. In addition, it was revealed that a commercial spyware FinSpy made by Elaman/Gamma was purchased in 2013. According to Ahrweiler, this kind of invasion is even greater than during house-checks.

“Access to data is done anonymously. Typically, the user does not notice that they have become a victim of spyware,” Ahrweiler said. “In some cases, there is no judicial decision for tracking. Such interference is a significant violation of the Constitution, fundamental rights and the private sphere, and in this form it simply cannot happen.”

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