Germany Promoting Legislation for Backdoors in Modern Devices

German authorities are preparing a law that will force device manufacturers to include backdoors within their products that law enforcement agencies could use at their discretion for legal investigations, according to Bleeping Computer.

Officials are expected to submit their proposed law for debate this week, according to local news outlet RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND). The legislation will also require the industry to disclose its "programming protocols" for future analysis.

In the near future, German legislators claim, eavesdropping will be possible wherever devices are connected to the Internet. In light of this, the industry must give the state exclusive access rights to products such as mobile devices, computers, smart TVs, or digital kitchen appliances.

Legislators will also want the power of turning off personal computers in the event of an attack on the state, in order to deal with the botnet threat. The lawmakers want the law to apply to online service providers as well. In case a certain service is used for an attack on the state by a third party, the provider of said service who refuses to shut it down will face legal penalties.

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