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Germany Considers Law Change to Allow Police to Spy on Potential Terrorists and Criminals Through Car and House Alarms

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Interior minister expects to discuss proposal next week in attempt to improve surveillance capabilities

By Thorsten Severin | 4 December 2017

INDEPENDENT — The German government is considering legal changes that would oblige operators of car and house alarm systems to help police and security services in their efforts to spy on potential terrorists or criminals, a spokesman for the interior ministry said.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a conservative, plans to discuss the issue with officials in a bid to remove what he sees as hurdles to better surveillance, the spokesman said.

But those plans have already sparked criticism from the Social Democrats (SPD), who are partners in the current German caretaker government and are under pressure to renew the “grand coalition” that has ruled Germany for the past four years. […]

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