German states give police more surveillance powers

Police in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and beyond are gaining new freedoms to fight crime. Some worry authorities are going too far.

With extremist violence on the rise, German states are passing legislation allowing the police wide powers of surveillance of suspects while lowering the bar about what constitutes a threat.

In Bavaria, for example, a new police duty law allows the police to wiretap a suspect and read their emails when there is an “imminent danger,” a purposefully more ambiguous description than the former rule, which required a concrete threat to act.

It’s not only conservative Bavaria that is....

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