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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @02:26PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @02:26PM (#606135)

    Seriously? Have a kill switch on a car in order to stop "cybercrime"? Just hope that your car is not found to be part of a botnet while you're driving at 200 km/h …

  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday December 06, @02:49PM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @02:49PM (#606143) Journal

    So, driving to fast for conditions, were you? We'll just add a speeding ticket to the list of charges. What do you mean, "What do you mean, to fast for conditions"? Well, obviously, as a cybercriminal, you should have known about the condition of your kill switch, accessible only by authorized police.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @04:17PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @04:17PM (#606181)

      It is getting to this in Aus. Soon you will have to plug in an insurance box just to get insurance if you are under 25.. unless you are rich