The European Commission plans to directly access data from Silicon Valley. The US corporations are expected to build specialised centers within the borders of the European Union to hand out user information to the government, reports newspaper Rheinische Post.
Oppositional Socialist party DIE LINKE found out through their parliamentary request that the legal process would be circumvened because the prosecutors would immediately cooperate with the private corporations without proper warrants.
Angela Merkel’s government looks into the legal options to not only request user addresses and the time of each user interaction, but also the very content that is exchanged.
At the start of October ‘Sirius’ the center of police agency Europol will begin its work. They will collect online data provided by the police departments of the member states of the European Union.
The German Federal Office of Investigation, called Bundeskriminalamt, is already talking with Facebook, Google, eBay and Microsoft. A report by the German government says, ‘some operators provide searchable web portals only developed for this purpose’.
Andrej Hunko, member of the council of Europe and of party DIE LINKE, is worried about the government pressure and says, “the companies become henchmen of police and intelligence services.” He demands that state agencies make transparent in which way they surveille clouds and messenger services.
He sees the suspension of the international legal systems to request traffic data and user content as a harsh intrusion into the privacy of communication.