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Germany’s New Surveillance Laws Raise Privacy Concerns

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image The logo of the messenger app Whatsapp is seen on the screen of a smartphone on April 28th, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. © 2021 Fabian Sommer/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images The German parliament amended two laws on June 10th granting enhanced surveillance powers to segments of the federal police and intelligence services. They allow the use of spyware to hack into phones and computers circumventing encryption used by messaging applications such as WhatsApp and Signal, raising concerns about the right to privacy. The new federal police law allows interception of communications…


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