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German court tells government to limit spying

by on28 February 2008


Computer snooping limited

A German
court has told the German government that it cannot snoop on terrorist suspects in the way it wants.

The government has been promoting an idea that would allow it to infect computers belonging to suspected terrorists with trojan horses to bypass any security. However, the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said cyber spying violated individuals' right to privacy and could be used only in exceptional cases.

According to the BBC, police in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia allowed officials to begin using the technique. Court President Hans-Juergen Papier said the use of Trojan horses contravened rights enshrined in Germany's Constitution.

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Last modified on 29 February 2008
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