Thursday, February 08, 2007

German court blocks police hacking

The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe has blocked police from remotely hacking into a machine to gather evidence, finding that there is no power in German law to allow this (thanks, Dave). In the UK, chief constables have been able to authorise such conduct in relation to serious crime via Part III of the Police Act 1997. It has been rumoured that these powers have been exercised in the ongoing police investigation into the alleged selling of honours and perversion of justice by 10 Downing Street.

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