Germany wants to fingerprint 6-year-old children and force technology companies to give German authorities front doors to smartphones and backdoors into encrypted messaging apps to spy on all communications, under the guise of fighting terror.
German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters, “We can’t allow there to be areas that are practically outside of the law.”
Ministers from the central government and federal states said encrypted messaging services such as WhatApp and Signal, allow militants and criminals to evade traditional surveillance. Germany is also considering, “source telecom surveillance,” where authorities install software on phones to relay messages before they are encrypted. A technology that is now illegal. Austria is also planning laws to make it easier for authorities to monitor encrypted messages as well as build out a linked network of cameras and other equipment to read vehicle license plates.