German Court: Cyber-Spying Violates Privacy


Associated Press
February 27, 2008

Privacy
In the ruling, Court President Hans-Juergen Papier said using such software, including Trojan e-mails and other viruses, contravened the privacy rights that are enshrined in Germany’s constitution.  

Germany’s highest court ruled Wednesday that spying on individuals’ personal computers violates their right to privacy, restricting security officials’ ability to use virus-like software to monitor suspected terrorists’ online activity.

The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said security services could carry out such activity only in exceptional cases and with a judge’s permission beforehand.

In the ruling, Court President Hans-Juergen Papier said using such software, including Trojan e-mails and other viruses, contravened the privacy rights that are enshrined in Germany’s constitution.

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