German Cabinet plans to give intel agencies access to messenger apps

The German government plans to give intelligence agencies in the country the power to read encrypted chats on messenger apps such as WhatsApp, following an agreement by Cabinet ministers on Wednesday.This would apply to the BND foreign intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz domestic intelligence agency and the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD).They would however have to obtain a fiat for each individual case, meaning the intelligence officers couldn’t snoop on such chats at their own discretion.In order to ensure oversight of the new surveillance powers, the government plans to in…

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