While the basic contours of the encryption debate in Germany are similar to the US, there are also important differences that shape Germany’s approach to crypto policy.
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A look at the principle of "militant democracy" embodied in art. 21 sec. 2 of Germany's Basic Law, which provides that the Federal Constitutional Court, the Bundesverfassungsgericht, must declare the dissolution of any political party that seeks to undermine or abolish the free and democratic order of Germany or to endanger its existence.
As the recent, seminal BKA-Act Case shows, Germany wants to be seen as a beacon for privacy and data protection in our anxious, big-data era while also benefitting from a blood-and-iron security regime.
The unregulated collection, retention and dissemination of personal data—for example, personal data strategically used in campaigns to “micro-target” undecided voters—can also make the underlying election vulnerable to foreign influence.
On one the hand, it was always clear that the Germans actively aided U.S. intelligence-gathering and hungrily consumed its results. On the other hand, the German intelligence services face nothing like the control and oversight under which the American intelligence community labors.
Designating economic migrants as a lower class than refugees from conflict ignores realities crucial to managing integration and fails to account for some fundamentals of human nature. When has building a wall worked forever?
Russia’s renewed emphasis on defeating ISIS in light of the Metrojet bombing, in conjunction with ISIS attacks in Paris, has a number of international law implications.
The legislation surely will come to a vote soon, in Parliament's upper house.
When Chancellor Angela Merkel recently cited the “challenges” concerning the National Security Agency as an area that the German government has “tackled excellently” this term, many observers were surprised – not least because, two years into the “NSA affair,” the German government continues to vocally criticize American surveillance efforts while failing to address the shortcomings of its own intelligence agencies.