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posted by mrpg on Wednesday December 06, @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 c0lo on Wednesday December 06, @11:22AM (11 children)

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @11:22AM (#606090)

    According to the RND report, the German minister would like intelligence agencies and police to gain "exclusive" access to cars

    How does he imagines the access can be made exclusive remains a mystery.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @11:37AM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @11:37AM (#606092)

    He is neither the first nor the last fool (political or business) to demand the impossible, then declare the finding of a solution a mere technicality to be solved by lowly engineers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKorP55Aqvg [youtube.com]

    • (Score: 4, Funny) by c0lo on Wednesday December 06, @01:26PM (5 children)

      by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @01:26PM (#606120)

      He is neither the first nor the last fool (political or business) to demand the impossible, then declare the finding of a solution a mere technicality to be solved by lowly engineers.

      Oh, don't I know it? Unfortunately, too well.
      But rather than exemplifying using a humorous sketch, here's how another recent real life example looks like [zdnet.com]:

      "The laws of Australia prevail in Australia, I can assure you of that. The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia."

      Malcolm Turnbull
      Australian Prime Minister

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @01:54PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @01:54PM (#606124)

        Further evidence that "Turnbull" is aboriginal pidgin for "Ignorant Twat".

      • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @02:53PM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @02:53PM (#606147)

        If only Australian law applies in Australia, then surely also physical law doesn't.

        Maybe someone should suggest to him to make an Australian law that bullets are not allowed to hit the prime minister. And then convince him to demonstrate the superiority of Australian law over physical law by having people shoot bullets at him, demonstrating that those bullets certainly follow Australian law by avoiding him, instead of hitting him as physical law demands. ;-)

        • (Score: 4, Funny) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday December 06, @08:20PM (2 children)

          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @08:20PM (#606360)

          Guys...this is Australia. Where everything is poisonous, the toilets flush backwards, and everything is held on to the bottom of the Earth upside-down. The laws of physics are more like suggestions already.

          ...

          (Huge, HUGE /s for those of you who think I seriously believe Aussies are basically suction-cup-walking around like Wile E Coyote.)

          • (Score: 2) by takyon on Wednesday December 06, @09:01PM (1 child)

            by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Wednesday December 06, @09:01PM (#606398) Journal

            (Huge, HUGE /s for those of you who think I seriously believe Aussies are basically suction-cup-walking around like Wile E Coyote.)

            But the thing about the poison/venom is all too true. I've seen some videos.

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            • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Thursday December 07, @12:57AM

              by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07, @12:57AM (#606501)

              But the thing about the poison/venom is all too true. I've seen some videos.

              Grossly exaggerated - the chance of dying in a car accident is astronomically higher than dying from venomous species.

              In my 15+ years of living in Australia, I only encountered some redbacks [wikipedia.org] - not nearly as dangerous as advertised (see "There have been no deaths directly due to redback bites since its introduction, however Isbister et al. have suggested patients for whom antivenom is considered should be fully informed "there is considerable weight of evidence to suggest it is no better than placebo").
              On a couple of occasions, I've seen some brown-snakes [wikipedia.org] - second most poisonous in the world, but aggressive only if it's cornered (offer it space to retreat and it will let you alone).

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @07:58PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @07:58PM (#606971)

      they are not as ignorant as they would seem. they know that other people will have access to their slaves, but the losses are within acceptable limits. people who want to act like these degenerates are just accidentally destroying any hope for humanity are just too scared to acknowledge the truth. you and your progeny are simply prey and property to them. you can bleat all you want. they'll just lick their chops at your fat curly haired asses.

  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday December 06, @12:55PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday December 06, @12:55PM (#606114)

    Seems like we should label this Pol a Troll - but, sadly, I think it's a Troll in the stupid living under a bridge shaking down passers by sense, not one who is putting out a ridiculous statement looking for argument.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @02:45PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @02:45PM (#606141)

    Another mystery is how the bad guys should be forced to buy those backdoored devices, when they can just get their devices from other countries whose governments are less than eager to allow the German government to control the devices sold in their countries …

  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Wednesday December 06, @03:40PM

    by tangomargarine (667) on Wednesday December 06, @03:40PM (#606164)

    "Exclusive" access also kind of implies that the owners themselves won't even be able to access the car.

    2. restricted or limited to the person, group, or area concerned.

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