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Police Using Spyware on Suspects' Computers

SURVEILLANCE—GERMANY

October 17, 2011

A German hacking group has announced that, after analyzing the hard drives of people who had been under investigation, it found software allowing police to log keystrokes, capture screenshots and activate cameras and microphones, reports The New York Times. After the announcement, Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger called for an inquiry into the matter, and Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar said Parliament needs to clarify search and surveillance laws, adding, "In my opinion, this kind of infiltration through software is a deeper intrusion and a greater risk than simply listening in on a phone line." While federal investigators denied using the software, several state investigators admitted using it, states the report. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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