Mon, Oct. 08, 2007

Police to Police PCs

CK - Washington.   In its press release no. 82/2007, the Supreme Constitutional Court of Germany in Karlsruhe announces the hearing of October 10, 2007 in the matters 1 BvR 370/07 and 1 BvR 595/07 on the constitutionality of the government's use of spy software in private computers.

While agencies in the federal government toy with the idea of such investigative tools, the state of North-Rhine-Westphalia has a statute on the books. The NRW statute amended the state constitution on December 30, 2006 to authorize such spying on citizens.

In non-technical language, the investigative type of software is known in Germany as Trojaner. The press release outlines, in German, the NRW statute, the challenges and the agenda of the Bundesverfassungsgericht panel.


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