The Federal Criminal Police Office buys software whose use is prohibited. The Pirate Party is therefore suing the agency for wasting taxpayers’ money.
There were protests against the use of state spy software as early as 2007. Image: dpa
If you want to create a better world, sometimes you have to shit on rules. Officials from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) have bought the Trojan software "Finfisher". This is so bold because the agency has known since 2011 that the use of such programs is prohibited by law.
Back then, the state Trojan "Ozapftis" (Bavaria’s security authorities’ usual sense of humor) failed due to a lack of constitutional conformity. Filming screens, logging keystrokes, searching hard drives – all of this encroached too massively on the privacy of potential terrorists. According to the Federal Court of Justice.
The Pirate Party now calls the renewed purchase of a state Trojan a gross case of mismanagement. And punish the BKA’s civil disobedience with a complaint to the Federal Audit Office. Until another Salafist bomb as big as the Saarland is found!
The BKA even tried not to spend extra money. It founded its own "Competence Center for Information Technology Surveillance". 30 new jobs advertised, three million euros accumulated through fiscal crowdsourcing. But the homemade Trojan wouldn’t be ready until the end of 2014. As if the enemy would sleep that long.
The Bavarian company Gamma/Eleman – maker of "Finfisher" – also cares about a secure world. Globally, too. They supplied lateral thinkers like Husni Mubarak in Egypt or Bashar al-Assad in Syria with their software. In response to a request from Netzpolitik.org, Gamma CEO Martin J. Munch: "We cannot provide information on our existing or future customers, nor how they use our products to convict criminals." Now that’s data protection.