The new mobile radio standard 5G has the evaluation of the Hamburg constitutional protection boss, Torsten Voß risks for the Internal security. “The Problem is the encryption possibilities by 5G,” said Voss of the German press Agency.

This would use an “of course, extremists and terrorists for their communication”. While currently only certain Messenger Apps with a so-called end-to-end encryption to be secure against eavesdropping, the conversations in the 5G network is generally the case. This was good for privacy, but a “huge Problem” for the security authorities. The new network will go to 2020.

Voss, head of the for the protection of the Constitution is competent in working group 4 of the conference of interior Ministers, said a “technical access”, on the authorities, in the case of “justified occasions, such as, for example, terrorist suspect” and, with the consent of the competent G10 Commission of the Bundestag phone conversations could listen to. He was, however, skeptical whether the manufacturer would allow the security authorities to the devices such a back door open.

the More important is the so-called source telecommunication surveillance (interception) was for the security authorities. So-called Trojan can be used on mobile phones to intercept conversations before they are encrypted and transmitted over the network. The constitutional protection in Bavaria, this is by a corresponding state law is already possible, said Voss. In other countries – also in Hamburg – were missing, however, such rules and regulations. The protection of the Constitution but had to keep up with the technical development and with the enemies of our democracy, the use of this technique.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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