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.
Russell A. Miller is a Professor Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. His teaching and scholarly research focuses on comparative law theory and methods, comparative constitutional law, German law and legal culture, and public international law. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the German Law Journal.
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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.