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German Police barred from Internet-based searches

The German courts have come up with a rather bizarre interpretation of the law, ruling that Police cannot covertly access users' PC hard drives remotely across the Internet, even if they have a warrant.

According to reports from the German news wires earlier this week, the decision of the Federal Court of Justice effectively blocks the Police from searching suspect's hard drives remotely, unless the German legislature passes new laws explicitly allowing the technique.

As a result of the court ruling, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, the country's top security official responsible for the Police, called on the government to seek swift changes in the law.

"It is very necessary for criminal investigators to be able to carry out online searches secretly and with a corresponding order from a judge," he said in a press statement.

The ruling came after the Federal Prosecutor's Office has revealed plans to use Trojan House applications to investigate a possible terrorist group.

In court, prosecutors argued the legal reasoning used to allow telephone surveillance and other electronic eavesdropping techniques should be applicable to gathering evidence over the Internet.

The German courts, however, ruled the use of the law in such cases irrelevant, forcing a change in the legislation before it can be admissible as evidence in court.

Meanwhile the terrorists plot to maim and kill innocent people using their computers and the Internet.

Sounds like Tony Bliar's mad government behaviour has leaked into Germany...