3 Years After Snowden: Is Germany fighting State Surveillance?: A Closer Look at the Political Reactions to Mass Surveillance in Germany

Presented at 33C3 (2016), Dec. 28, 2016, 5:15 p.m. (60 minutes)

Germany has a good reputation for strong data protection. It also features the only parliamentary inquiry committee investigating the Snowden revelations. But what are actual results of parliamentary, journalistic and public engagement?

What did we learn from 3 years of debate on secret service surveillance? What did the the inquiry committee find out? What are political consequences?

Is Germany really a desirable role model in the anti-surveillance movement? Or at least efficiently controlling its own secret services?

We’ll provide answers. They might change your perception of how Germany deals with the fundamental right to privacy.

The speakers work for netzpolitik.org, the leading news outlet on digital rights in Germany. They have published many classified documents on surveillance, dodged treason-charges, and live-transcribe every hearing of the parliamentary inquiry committee on mass surveillance, totaling over 3.000 pages of text.


  • Andre Meister
    Andre ist Nerd und schreibt auf netzpolitik.org. Eigentlich zu allen netzpolitischen Themen, aber in letzter Zeit vorwiegend über Überwachung. Sein Hut war kurzzeitig bekannt für Landesverrat.
  • anna
    Schreibt bei netzpolitik.org zu Datenschutz, Überwachung und allem möglichen, was die Öffentlichkeit nicht wissen soll, aber sollte.


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