German coalition reached agreement on limiting powers Intelligence




The grand coalition government of CDU and SPD have agreed on a revision of the law on the German intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst. Under the proposal, the service gets fewer opportunities to listen in on conversations and see in e-mail.

This shared two representatives of the ruling coalition on the German radio station RBB. The proposed revision follows reports that the German BND had monitored targets, including German diplomats, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Court in The Hague. These messages led in recent days to much ado in Germany.

As part of the review looks at the legislation of the BND and the law on parliamentary control of the service. There will be a ban on spying on other European countries. Previously said Chancellor Merkel on this that ‘spying among friends really not acceptable to “, while the service on a large scale was made. The BND can only eavesdrop exceptionally calls and search the content of e-mails. The exceptions relate to suspicions of terrorism and organized crime. This would apply not only to protect German citizens, but to protect all Europeans.

Moreover, the BND should only spy on a specific mandate from the government. Even economic espionage would not be permitted after the revision. Finally, the revision includes a plan to have a responsible parliament put in charge of monitoring the intelligence service. It is intended that the review will be introduced by January 1, 2017.

In the Netherlands, a similar discussion is under way on the adaptation of the law on intelligence and security services. This involves among other things, an extension of the powers of the service. For these plans received Minister Plasterk recently a Big Brother Award.


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