German courts have authorized the police in that country to load surveillance software onto computers and mobile devices, without the permission of the owners or operators of those devices. The police can then use the secretly introduced spyware to conduct surveillance of the communications and other digital activities of the suspects. This action seems to represent a significant intrusion into the privacy of German citizens. It also represents another step in the evolution of the “Internet of Things” into a massive surveillance platform.
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