The German government wants to force tech firms and car manufacturers to hand security services hidden digital access to private cars, computers, phones, and more.
Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has drafted a proposal for the interior minister conference next week, in which he calls for “the legal duty for third parties to allow for secret surveillance”.
According to Redaktions Netzwerk Deutschland (RND), the proposal would “dramatically extend” the state’s powers to spy on its citizens.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for security services to break into digital devices over time, as technology advances and ever more sophisticated security systems to protect privacy are added to devices.
Some electric keys for modern cars are now so advanced they can notify the owner when the vehicle is merely shaken.
The interior minister wants to be able to disable this feature when the state thinks it is justified to interfere with a private car as part of a criminal investigation.