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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: 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) Journal

    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.

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

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

    by takyon (881) Subscriber Badge <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).