BND Legislative Authority
The BND is supervised by the Parliamentary Control Commission (PKK) for the intelligence services.
The Law on Combating Crime, which was adopted in 1994, authorizes the BND to tap telecommunications lines only for foreign intelligence collection. However the Law authorizes the BND to pass to prosecutors information obtained from tapping international phone calls in connection with certain serious crimes such as arms dealing, drug trafficking, or terrorism. The originally planned provision that the intelligence service could be involved in investigations at the request of the prosecution authorities was not incorporated in the final legislation.
The BND has supported legislation banning encoding or encrypting in telecommunications, argueing that such a ban is indispensable for successful intelligence collection.
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