Monday, April 16, 2007

This is scary...

The German government is planning to introduce really intrusive laws that allow the government to access the computers of individual people. According to Scaeuble:

Under certain conditions it must be possible for the Federal Criminal Police Office to search computers in secret.

This is a very worrying trend. There are typically three excuses that governments use to justify this sort of nonsense: Terrorism, child pornography, and now increasingly copyright infringement. Remember the recipe of would-be authoritarians - find/invent bogeymen and cower the citizens into submission.
The article can be found here. Mr. Schaeuble has a history of suggesting draconian civil-liberties infringements. Apparently the history of his own country hasn't made an impression on him.

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