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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: 2) by bradley13 on Wednesday December 06, @12:07PM (4 children)

    by bradley13 (3053) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @12:07PM (#606099) Homepage Journal

    Haben diese Idioten keine Ahnung? Und auch keine kompetente Berater?

    Sorry: just asking if these idiots are totally clueless? And why don't they have competent advisors?

    Everyone is somebody else's weirdo.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @12:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @12:16PM (#606105)

    Yes, they really are clueless.

    Competence (own or advisory) is only cursorily coupled to re-election, therefore it is a waste of resources (time, money, influence)

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @01:57PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @01:57PM (#606125)

    This is idiocy by design! Good German design!

    Martin Bormann is chuckling in Hell at this. Lunacy loves company.

  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @02:49PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @02:49PM (#606144)

    What makes you think he isn't doing exactly what his competent industry advisors have instructed him to do. The displayed behavior isn't a bug, it's a feature, it's following the script laid out by security theather industry brochures.

  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday December 06, @05:14PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday December 06, @05:14PM (#606213)

    Advisers are an un-necessary hindrance in the political world - just look at the great Orange.