Published On: Tue, Jun 27th, 2017

CrypViser: Secure Communications and the New State-Sponsored Hacking Law

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Last Thursday, the German parliament voted into law a bill that would allow the police and other government entities to hack into encrypted messaging services like Signal and WhatsApp during certain criminal investigations. The new law gives authorities broad access to users’ private communications, prompting increased concern over privacy issues.
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Under previous legislation, investigators could tap into a suspect’s SMS communications and regular phone conversations, providing that the alleged crime was severe enough. However, they were barred from surveilling communications sent through encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp, Signal, and Threema.
The new legislation allows investigators to use spyware – a “state trojan” – to monitor and intercept user communications in real-time before they are encrypted on the user’s device. Beyond real-time surveillance, however, the law also allows for remote searches of suspects’ devices in “particularly severe cases”. This includes not just messages but also images, videos, and other data.

Germany’s Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière was quoted by Rheinische Post, saying:
We often see that criminals communicate using encrypted ways […]& …

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