- As reported by the German Press Agency (dpa), the Office for the Protection of the Constitution should receive permission to also access news services such as Whatsapp or Telegram.
- The domestic intelligence service can already listen to phone calls or read text messages in the event of suspected cases.
- A new draft law is intended to extend these monitoring options to social media in order to monitor extremist groups and smuggling networks more efficiently.
Whatsapp has become an integral part of communicating with friends and family. More than two billion people worldwide use the messaging service. However, the security of the encrypted data and messages that are sent with the app is always critically questioned.
There are several ways to circumvent this encryption. As reported by the German Press Agency (dpa), the Federal Criminal Police Office, for example, can monitor chat processes in suspected cases. Even if the regulations in the police laws differ from state to state, some have the possibility to read encrypted messages in an emergency.
A long debate about who can monitor encrypted messages
Now the protection of the constitution should also get permission
get access to messaging services like Whatsapp or Telegram. The
The reason for this is the surveillance of extremist groups.
“We can only monitor and undermine extremist groups and smuggling networks if we monitor their communication,” Mathias Middelberg, spokesman for the Union’s domestic policy, told dpa.
In certain cases, the domestic intelligence service can already listen in on phone calls or read SMS. As the experts argue, extremist groups are increasingly using encrypted services such as Whatsapp or Skype. For this reason, a new draft law is intended to expand the possibilities for monitoring the protection of the constitution to include digital media.
“It’s good that security laws are now moving ahead,” the CDU politician emphasized.
But not all politicians agree to the new draft. While the Federal Ministry of the Interior declares that the security agency should have the same powers in the virtual and real world, the SPD has its doubts.
The dispute that has been going on over the past year about this arrangement could soon come to an end if the draft goes to the departmental vote at the end of the week.