Hesse is planning almost nationwide video surveillance

In Hesse, black-green is planning changes to the security law. The planned video surveillance shocked professors as well as the opposition.

The black-green state government wants to give the police significantly more powers in matters of video surveillance in the future.

Expansion of video surveillance is just one part of many

The state parliament is currently discussing more video surveillance, extended surveillance measures and a restructuring of the Hessian special units . Critics fear that instead of fighting right-wing extremism more effectively, there will be a significant restriction on the civil liberties.

More points where video surveillance should be allowed

Torsten Felstehausen, spokesman for domestic policy for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group in the Hessian state parliament, describes the new amendment to the security laws as ” Sham

”. The amendment has little in common with the announced goals. Especially with the control of the security authorities you stay on “halfway”

, so Felstehausen. The state government is primarily concerned with creating a progressive impression with the paper. “But what is behind it is, from our point of view, questionable and half-baked, if not misleading.”

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Video surveillance will still not be legal there. Installation in Stockholm. Photo Lars Sobiraj.

Novelle a deceptive pack with advanced presentation

Black-Green wants to automatically turn places like airports, train stations, shopping centers and packing stations into danger points. There, the police should be allowed to carry out video surveillance without cause, without having to justify this further. The expansion of video surveillance also raises serious concerns from experts from various law faculties, who consider this highly questionable.

IP tracking: authorities no longer dependent on support

IP tracking is also planned to be expanded. For example, authorities can find out the IP addresses of suspects with the help of a prepared e-mail. According to the amendment, residential surveillance and large-scale eavesdropping may be extended every three months. The opposition complains that the mere suspicion would be enough to be observed in the long term.

Several basic rights are to be restricted

Stefan Müller, domestic policy spokesman for the FDP, is convinced that in cities “almost comprehensive video surveillance is already possible” sei. “It’s definitely not proportionate” , he explained. The state government wants to create the conditions for video surveillance to be allowed almost everywhere, even if there are no indications of criminal activity. In theory, this would also apply to the smallest communities and villages, where camera surveillance would be allowed in the future, criticizes Müller.

Proportionality of the video surveillance not given

“The law sets the basic rights on the secrecy of letters, post and telecommunications, the fundamental rights to personal liberty, freedom of assembly, freedom of movement and the inviolability of the home. However, such interventions must always be proportionate and justified. Here, however, the risk is significantly increased that the basic rights of people who are not guilty of anything are violated.”

As conservative as the CDU?

Müller is particularly surprised at the positioning of the Greens in Hesse: “Apparently only the green sheriffs are worse than the black sheriffs. Anyone who reads this Green Party bill knows that it is definitely time for the ‘alliance 70 ‘ to remove from her name”


How green are the Greens these days?

The fact that the Greens said goodbye to their old ideals at the federal level many years ago was also confirmed to us by former member of the Bundestag Thomas Wüppesahl. According to Wüppesahl, the party today has very little in common with the widely expressed criticism of the Greens in the early days. The white-collar criminalist, who used to work for the LKA Hamburg, criticized that many Greens have really adapted today instead of maintaining a critical attitude.


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