Interior ministers from Germany’s 16 federal states have reached agreement on setting up an anti-terrorism database. The need for such a facility was highlighted by the summer’s failed plot to bomb trains in the country
The proposals involve simplifying cooperation and information-sharing between Germany’s multiple security agencies.
Federal Interior Minister Wolfgang Scheuble will present a draft law next week:
“People may rest assured that those responsible will do everything possible to ensure security. That is what we can do and it is what we are determined to do,” he said.
Some opposition politicians have expressed concerns about the civil liberties’ implications of the plan. But it has got broad support among the governing Social Democrats and Christian Democrats.
The SPD’s Erhard Körting said the measure would “further enhance cooperation between the authorities.”
The proposed database will have two parts, one containing limited personal information that will be accessible to all investigators. The second will hold more in-depth details, like religion and travel records but access will be restricted.