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Germany to ban surveillance software exports to totalitarian regimes

As ZDNet reports today, the German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle made an announcement to ban exports of surveillance software to totalitarian regimes and states.

By using the words “These regimes should not get the technical instruments to spy on their own citizens” he’s telling something more critical: while it’s not ok for an totalitarian regime like Syria to have surveillance software to spy on their own citizens, it seems like he’s pretty ok with the fact that countries like Germany itself are using surveillance software to spy on their citizens. At the moment this software is (officially) only used for special purposes in crime investigation, but there were even inappropriate software in use in Germany itself. For more insight on that just have a look on the hashtag #0zapftis.

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