Thorsten Wetzling

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Thorsten Wetzling directs the Privacy Project at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung - a Berlin-based think tank at the intersection of technology and social change. His research and advocacy focus on the democratization and professionalization of intelligence governance in Germany and Europe. As part of the SNV's Transatlantic Cyber Forum, Thorsten will work on a US-German exchange forum on oversight innovation later on this year. Thorsten testified before the European Parliament and the Bundestag on intelligence legislation and his work appeared in various media outlets, including the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Zeit Online, Frankfurter Rundschau and Handelsblatt. Thorsten holds a doctorate degree in political science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

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Intelligence Oversight

New Rules for SIGINT Collection in Germany: A Look at the Recent Reform

Those following the Section 702 reauthorization debate may be interested in Germany’s recent intelligence reforms. One aspect of particular interest—which I also focus on in a new paper—is new limits on the collection of data from non-nationals outside of Germany, enforced in part by a new judicial oversight mechanism.

Context: Germany’s recent intelligence reform process