German Government support trojans for surveillance of criminals.
German Minister of Interior Hans Peter Friedrich favor use os spy trojans against criminals Photo Credit DAPD/DAPD
German Interior Minister Friedrich defended the use of Trojan software for computer monitoring, but the use of Trojan software for computer monitoring is controversial even in the federal government.
Federal Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich defended the use of spying programs and said there was “no legal gray zone.”
Federal Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, however, found it necessary to develop new rules for the use of the software. According to a report, the Trojans were more often used than previously known.
Frederick dismissed the criticism from privacy advocates and computer experts in the programs. “Our officers keep strictly to what they may,” said the CSU politician to the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.
He says that “the claim that the state had exceeded powers was wrong” . The Minister also maintains it is not necessary that the boundaries of the so-called source telecommunication surveillance clarify the law.
The point of view of Mrs. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger looks completely different. She wanted to develop uniform rules for federal agencies and/or german states to use the Trojan, reported the newspaper.
The left politician Jan Korte said that Frederick is not situated “on the basis of the constitution.” The “ignorance” of the Minister to the jurisdiction of the Federal Constitutional Court is “incredible” .
The federal trojan has been used at least 50 times in the last years, against suspected criminals.
The Technology Center On Computer Science and Information Technology (TZI), University of Bremen, also warned that modern mobile phones, including smart phones are not safe from trojans software. “It only takes two minutes on any standard model of a Trojan horse, a kind of bug to install,” said Knut Koester from TZI.