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.
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Notes from inside the 53rd Munich Security Conference.
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.