German intelligence wants access to domestic smart appliances

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German intelligence wants access to domestic smart appliances


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Germany plans to allow its police and security forces to access “smart home devices” in anything from fridges to Amazon’s Alexa.

The plan announced by the interior ministry would see Germany’s BND intelligence services gain access to the digital traces of devices in order to collect data from recordings of actual conversations. The practice is already used by the US and UK for counter-terrorism activities.

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