Currently, the German state of North-Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has passed legislation to allow state investigators to perform online searches of suspected terrorist systems. The issue is being debated at both state and federal levels of the German government.
"We are pioneers", said leader of the CDU parliamentary group in the NRW government, Peter Biesenbach. "It isn't disgraceful to have the Act investigated by the Constitutional Court". The intelligence agency's means should match those of criminals on the internet. Online searches are also considered indispensable by the Federal German Ministry of the Interior. "NRW Minister of the Interior: State intelligence agents did not spy on private computers