Big brother – the real

CDU, CSU, SPD, GRONE and PDS work in the Bundeslandel to new police laws – goal: more video monitoring

Grusel stories about foreign countries Print German newspapers. Routing paragraph was found in early April a scary message from Singapore. There a family had been observed by the city by video camera because they threw their mull in the area. On the same day, a pilot project for video monitoring of school buses started in Brandenburg. Positive tenor of the few messages about it: so you can prevent destruction.

Brandenburg is just one example. At the beginning of May, the Interior Ministers Conference explained video monitoring unanimously "suitable means to protect the burgers more effective against criminal offenses". And to overwake. While the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection Joachim Jacob still calls for a socio-political discussion and nationwide legislation, work as well as all state governments in new police laws and monitoring pilot projects.

In Saxony-Anhalt under the participation of the PDS. Which tolerates there after the "Magdeburger model" a SPD minority government. The SPD wants to say goodbye to a new police law before the summer break. Although in the country, the number of crimes from 1995 to 1999 took almost 20 percent, it allows, in addition to harmonious police checks, the open video monitoring on public strain and bursting. The voices of the CDU for the legislative change are safe. The PDS is fine now. You can reject the law per forma and continue to work with the SPD. The Parliamentary Governor of the PDS Group, Wulf Galler, explained that: "We do everything so that the country does not sink into chaos." And if it is uniformed tensioning.

The redefinition of the police laws is a conclusion of a long development. What is allowed is not even the federal commissioner for privacy. He warned a year ago "Legal gray zones". Basically, according to the Federal Data Protection Act: it may be seen but not recorded until a concrete suspicion of a crime exists. But that can already exist when in one place and on small drug all walks, ie overall. The Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection Supervisor Helmut Baumler: "In the past few years, it has been made of grounds, which I can not deepen now, there has been such a softening of the legal index that one can only strongly anchor in this fluctuating ground legislative pillars."

In North Rhine-Westphalia, Grune and SPD also approved monitoring pilot projects. Grunen faction spokesman Roland Appel calls this "Take over the top position in data protection", In fact, the coalitionaries proceed according to an old trick. Interior Minister Fritz Behrens completed the involuntary: "People do not want a surveillance state. You want security and protection against violence. Cameras should only be used there where they can contribute to improving the security vessel." This improvement becomes like the suspicion of the police "Application-tactical aspects" Are defined. And thus it can be viewed as a whole in public space.

The Bavarian State Party is all about perfidious. Interior Minister Gunter Beckstein has probably more accurately as its red-green friends studying the situation: in Germany there are 400,000 cameras – but these can not be centrally evaluated. The control monitors are distributed on private security services, police centers, traffic control centers. And just the wants to change Beckstein. For a pilot project in Munchen, the police will resort to over 1000 devices of the public transport companies and monitoring. This can now already be observed almost a thousand meters between the Munchener Lenbach and Karlsplatz almost seamlessly.

This is reminiscent of Great Britain. Since 1995, 45 million pounds in video monitoring have been invested nationwide. There are 200,000 high-ranking, swivel and zoomable cameras. London is now almost smoothly monitoring. When the British TV presenter Jill Dando was shot dead in April 1999 in front of their home tour, they could document their last hours of Dandos continuously on video – from shopping through the city to the drive home.

As far as you are in Germany, even in Bavaria. But the Munchner police work on it: Safety partnerships with businessmen should make their cameras available. The suspicion of a flat surveillance is there completely eliminated, ared by the speakers of the Minister of Interior Christoph Hillebrand. What should he do too, Interior Minister Beckstein already signaled forward that an expansion to other city "conceivable" may be.

Meanwhile, in less advanced lorders, first planes are taken. In Berlin, Interior Senator Eckart Werhebach (CDU) wants to say goodbye to a law for video monitoring. A new police law should also be. Explained goal: monitoring of public space. In Baden-Wurttemberg, CDU Minister of Interior Thomas Schauble also uses the combination of cameras and new police law. It can not last too long until the FDP is soft-knocked. For two weeks, the recordings should be lifted. Access are primarily police and public prosecutor’s office, privacy only "For any malicious". What are abstonsuting is, he – goes after a schaBle – no longer define themselves.

In Brandenburg, Minister of Interior Jorn Schedbohm (CDU) is attracted by interesting observations. After the school buses were on it, the Director-General of the Stiftung Preber Schlosser and Garden could still save Sanssouci: "I believe in the good in man, you have to learn to comply with the parking order." Sandbohm wants but tension, he only has to work around the SPD coalitionaries. He tries that with interesting arguments: "The state does not scare his burgers, but wants to protect them from criminal offens before they are committed."

How does Schenbohm want to recognize criminals before they become criminal? Experience is still from two years of state practice in Germany. More sophisticated methods as nasal shapes now also. At the University of Leeds, a software is developed that automatically "suspicious" from "normal" Behavior should be different. So the computer recognizes a thief before he steals – on the go. "Personspotter", A facial recognition program developed at the Ruhr University of Bochum and University of Southern California compares video images with a database and identifies people so reliable that it has already been excellent by the US militar. German creampie: a demographic analysis of people in the camera area according to age, gender – and so-called race.

While the Minister of Interior absorbs, there is a new monitoring front. Not only the state, even companies have a Heidenspab on the trail of their subordinates. In Germany you can not do this after a judgment of the 1987 Federal Labor Court, but you will always be a good reason to do it. After once a plane stopped, the transport safety faith demanded the continuous video monitoring of pilots in the US. The aerospace guard suggests. Brandenburg’s school buser wait.

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