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posted by mrpg on Wednesday December 06 2017, @11:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the sure-why-not dept.

Germany's Interior Minister Wants Backdoors In Cars, Digital Devices

According to a new report from German newspaper Redaktions Netzwerk Deutschland (RND), Germany's Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizièr, has written a draft proposal in which he would like German cars, as well as other digital devices being sold in Germany, to grant police backdoor access. The minister is expected to present the proposal at next week's Ministry of Interior conference.

According to the RND report, the German minister would like intelligence agencies and police to gain "exclusive" access to cars, as well as digital devices such as computers, mobile devices, kitchen appliances, and smart TVs. The "back door" access would, in essence, allow the government to bypass the security protections some of these devices have. The police have been complaining that sometimes they can't install intercept equipment on some cars because their security systems are "too good."

Maizièr would also like cars and digital devices to have a "kill switch" the government can use at will to shut down certain devices, allegedly to stop cybercrime.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Wednesday December 06 2017, @11:14AM (3 children)

    by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <> on Wednesday December 06 2017, @11:14AM (#606087) Homepage Journal

    when some right chap stops all the cars on the Autobahn.

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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by takyon on Wednesday December 06 2017, @11:22AM

    by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <> on Wednesday December 06 2017, @11:22AM (#606089) Journal

    Pay MDC $4,000 in Bitcoin or we'll drive your brand new car off this old cliff!


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @12:08PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @12:08PM (#606100)

    More so if he only stops random cars ... :-o

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by ewk on Wednesday December 06 2017, @03:30PM

      by ewk (5923) on Wednesday December 06 2017, @03:30PM (#606159)

      no no... not random... just the brand that this politician drives... every time...
      even when he switches brands... just to drive the point home (yes... pun intended :-) )

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