State Trojan contract revealed: BKA loses court case

The administrative court in Wiesbaden has obtained the disclosure of contract data on the state trojan FinSpy previously kept secret by the BKA.

Up to now the Federal Criminal Police Office has refused to disclose some details from the contract with FinFisher , the developer of the state Trojan FinSpy. However, the administrative court in Wiesbaden considered a large part of the redactions to be illegal and has now asked the BKA to disclose them.

Wiesbaden Administrative Court obtains disclosure of the State Trojan contract

According to a current report from, that was subject BKA in court proceedings in which the plaintiff accused the authority of not having given enough insight into the state Trojan contract with FinFisher from 2013. The Wiesbaden administrative court has now decided in favor of for the disclosure of the contract.

According to the report, three years ago there were possible changes to the contract, which the plaintiff also requested. “After the BKA gave us only an extremely blackened version, we sued the police authorities again

“, it continues.

According to the judgment of the Wiesbaden Administrative Court, the plaintiff “has a right to the disclosure of the information”. Redactions in the contract documents for the state Trojan are largely illegal. After the original contract and the associated supplementary agreement had been disclosed by the Federal Criminal Police Office, decided to go public with the message and to reap the credit for the victory achieved.

BKA partially blacked out completely insensitive information

As can be seen from the contract, the BKA bought the state trojan FinFisher FinSpy from Elaman GmbH, a sales partner of FinFisher, bought. The purchase price consisted of two parts: 123.669 euros in the original contract and again 150. euros in the supplementary agreement. Both the seller and the specific purchase price were part of the previously blacked out information.

It is difficult to understand why the BKA blacked out some parts of the contract documents for the state trojan at all. Because for the most part it is information that does not reveal any surprises or would be particularly worthy of protection. The court also states, “that the mere classification of the contract as classified is not sufficient for the presumption of a ground for refusal is.

Nevertheless, the plaintiff was not able to free all information in the contract documents. For example, the name of the signing officer of the Federal Criminal Police Office remains a secret. And individual services, costs, deadlines and information on the source code of the state trojan remain secret. The court justified this decision with the fact that this information may prevent the use of the software.

The report from also adds that the state trojan from FinFisher after the purchase in 2013 had to be revised for another five years before it 2018 was used. Shortly after the software was found in Turkey, the contract was terminated. “Meanwhile FinFisher is insolvent and will be dissolved”, the message says.

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