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Bundestagswahl 2017: If Internetpolitik in the Darknet abolish the BND law

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 | Gadgets

The IT security sector is not an easy-to-use field for parties. At least since the increased public discussion about the abilities and powers of the intelligence services, triggered by Edward Snowden, for example, confidence in the problem-solving capacity of state actors has declined in this field. At the same time, the visible consequences of criminal acts on the net increase when thousands of computers are encrypted with ransomware and popular Internet services do not work as a result of DDoS attacks.

A survey commissioned by Microsoft this year came to the conclusion that the majority of citizens in the IT security sector mainly see companies in the duty and not primarily the institutions of the state. This is not a field in which, with allegedly simple solutions, electoral votes can be promoted. Perhaps this is the reason why the AfD is the only party that is presumably represented in the coming Bundestag to have any thought-out proposals in this area. In the following, we explain which "right-free spaces" the other parties want to combat and what they imagine under the rule of law on the Internet.
The CDU and CSU unions are seeing IT security as an important part of the future economic development, especially for the digitization of the economy and applications such as industry 4.0. The program of the CDU states: "All these applications will only be successful if people are allowed to rely on secure operation from the outset. Smart, comprehensive and advanced IT security is the foundation for a successful digital Germany." In order to achieve this goal, the Union wants to "invest in technology" and "sufficient experts". More specifically, the party is not. With these measures, Germany is to be better protected against "cyber attacks from home and abroad".

A powerful cyber defense center
The CSU, on the other hand, calls for a nationwide cyber-security strategy from a single source and wants to build a "powerful cyber defense center". The so-called cyber defense center already exists in the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), and is a coordinating body in which numerous different authorities exchange information on current threats.
In constitutional terms, the institution is controversial because it challenges the separation of the work of the police and the intelligence services, ie the Federal Office for Constitutional Protection and the Bundesnachrichtendienst. The Federal Court of Auditors also criticized the fact that the work would lead to too much costs and yielded little results. The CSU may want to make changes here.
The CSU also wants more staff for the security authorities in the IT sector. The program says, "Additional Internet policemen are supposed to fight Internet and computer crime and to monitor the 'Darknet' more closely, which is especially to protect our children and prevent the right-wing areas on the Internet." How this stronger monitoring should look is not mentioned.


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