Germany’s equivalent to the NSA is able to spy on some German citizens thanks to a loophole in the country’s laws, a government surveillance inquiry learned last week. According to a former lawyer for the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the agency can legally intercept the work-related emails and phone calls of Germans working abroad for foreign companies, as these communications are attributed to the employer. The German government has since confirmed this. It was previously thought that it was illegal for German intelligence to spy on any of the country’s citizens. The inquiry is examining the implications of Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations. In July, a BND employee was arrested for passing details about the activities of the investigating committee to the Americans.
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