Tue, Mar. 10, 2009

PC Monitoring Debate Flares

CK - Washington.   The legality of monitoring PCs remains a major topic in German legal and political debate. It flares up now with the discovery of monitoring abroad, presumably through key-logger techniques, by the German intelligence service, BND.

Targets include Iraqi systems, Netzeitung reports, which adds on March 8, 2009 that politicians favor statutory action to override permissive regulations and executive orders.

One year ago, the federal constitutional court had established a new right to PC privacy when it determined that the German constitution protects the confidentiality and integrity of information technology systems in its rulings in BVerfG 1 BvR 370/07 and 1 BvR 595/07.


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