Mark my words: lawyers will destroy this world – their madness just hit a new high
Internet and Privacy activist Anke Domscheidt Berg says, this “roadmap” could lead to banning ANY FORM OF ENCRYPTION, not just tor onion network, which would be complete madness – just think about unencrypted logins!
Man in the middle could siffon your bank account passwords and steal your money.
After DSGVO and Article 13 / content upload filter, this it is just a new round of lawyer-madness.
it also just shows once more how much of a Washington-Puppet state the post-world-war-2 Germany has become and was allowed to be and how much in the Orwellian times we already live.
fighting crime and terrorism yes – but maybe you would need a holistic approach to this
pedophiles and people selling and buying illegal weapons and drugs need to be punished – and governments around the globe have every right to use whatever method they need to catch those people before they can do harm.
But this is a task that was there before encryption and it will be there after encryption.
Should we ban cars, because some people use them to kill other people?
maybe fighting and preventing crime starts at a society that is fair, just, kind and caring and economically sustainable and sound – where everyone has a job.
praise your new god: money
France wanted to turn it into a de-industrialized patch of potato fields (not the worst of idea, comes close to ecovillage) – no more high tech weapons.
2019 – Germany is back – building high tech weapons for USA and for whoever wants to buy them and use them for evil.
The best role Germany could play is:
- create hydrogen cars to save the climate (for some reason of corruption, this goal is not wanted in politics and from Mercedes CEOs?)
- negotiate peace between USA and Russia – if Minsk 1 fails, do Minsk 2, Minsk 3, Minsk 4, Minsk 5… anything is better than escalation.
“On the 15th of March, the German Bundesrat (Federal Council) voted to amend the Criminal Code in relation to internet based services such as The onion router (Tor).
The proposed law has been lambasted as being too vague, with privacy experts rightfully fearful that the law would be overapplied.
The proposal, originating from the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister of Justice Peter Biesenbach, would amend and expand criminal law and make running a Tor node or website illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison.
According to Zeit.de, if passed, the expansion of the Criminal Code would be used to punish anyone “who offers an internet-based service whose access and accessibility is limited by special technical precautions, and whose purpose or activity is directed to commit or promote certain illegal acts”.
What’s worse is that the proposed changes are so vaguely worded that many other services that offer encryption could be seen as falling under this new law. While the proposal (full German text) does seem to have been written to target Tor hidden services which are dark net markets, the vague way that the proposal has been written makes it a very real possibility that other encrypted services such as messaging might be targeted under these new laws, as well.
Now that the motion to amend has been accepted by Bundesrat, it will be forwarded to the Federal Government for drafting, consideration, and comment. Then, within a month and a half, this new initiative will be forwarded to the German Senate, aka the Bundestag, where it will be finally voted on.
Private Internet Access and many others denounce this proposal and continue to support Tor and an open internet
Private Internet Access currently supports the Tor Project and runs a number of Tor exit nodes as a part of our commitment to online privacy. PIA believes this proposed amendment to the German Criminal Code is not just bad for Tor, which was named specifically, but also for online privacy as a whole – and we’re not the only ones.
German criminal lawyer David Schietinger told Der Spiegel that he was concerned the law was too overreaching and “could also mean an e-mail provider or the operator of a classic online platform with password protection.” He summarized:
“The paragraph would severely limit civil liberties.”
Frank Rieger, a spokesperson for Germany’s resident hacker organization, the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), voiced misgivings to Netzpolitik:
“The bill contains mainly rubber paragraphs with the clear goal to criminalize operators and users of anonymization services. Intentionally, the facts are kept very blurred. The intention is to create legal uncertainty and unavoidable risks of possible criminal liability for anyone who supports the right to anonymous communication on the Internet.”
Germany has now joined a host of other countries that are actively taking steps to stifle online privacy. Other examples include places like China and even the United Kingdom, where internet users will be subject to some of the most ridiculous age verification laws just to be able to access the full internet. In the next month and a half, Germany’s netizens need to voice their displeasure at this proposed amendment, else they’ll find themselves under the heel of vaguely worded laws just waiting to be applied.
About Caleb Chen
Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization. Caleb holds a Master’s in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia as well as a Bachelor’s from the University of Virginia. He feels that the world is moving towards a better tomorrow, bit by bit by Bitcoin.