European Data Protection Digest

Schaar Unable To Access Police Spyware

DATA PROTECTION—GERMANY

September 13, 2012

German Data Protection and Freedom of Information Commissioner Peter Schaar says he is not able to review the source code of software being used by police to monitor suspects, reports The Local. After a hacker group revealed last year that it found software allowing police to log keystrokes, capture screenshots and activate cameras and microphones on computers belonging to people under investigation, the Parliamentary Domestic Affairs Committee called for an investigation by Schaar. The program supplier, DigiTask, has refused to hand over the source code unless Schaar signs a gag order and it receives €1,200 per day for the access.
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