Germany seeks expansion of computer spying
Posted in: Government & Policy at 30/10/2007 17:39
The first evidence was the bombs themselves, packed into a pair of suitcases and left on two passenger trains in northwest Germany.
Because of a technical flaw, they never exploded, but not for lack of planning. The laptop of one of the suspects in last year's bungled bombings contained plans, sketches and maps -- a virtual road map to an attack that could have killed dozens.
What if law enforcement agents had been able to secretly scan the contents of the computer before the attempted attack was carried out?
To the unease of many in a country with a history of government spying through the era of the Gestapo and communist rule in East Germany, law enforcement authorities are using the suitcase bomb case to argue for measures that would significantly expand their ability to spy on the once-private realm of My Documents.