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Friday 13 January 2017, 10:18
Poll: 80% of the Germans is in favor of increasing camera surveillance

Since the recent terrorism attack in Berlin the political and public opinion surrounding camera surveillance is changing. A large majority of Germans now seems to be in favor of more camera surveillance.

The German federal government has increased the possibilities for camera surveillance on the streets. At the time of writing the Lander can make their own decision to start camera surveillance, but the central government wants to take over control. Until recently, there were relatively few cameras in Germany compared with other European countries.

De Social Democratic Party (SPD) is in favour in many Lander for more camera surveillance. The coalition parties Die Linke and Die Gruhne want to increase safety in different ways. This has lead to a compromise resulting in more mobile cameras at events and in areas with high crime rates. But on a temporarily basis.

For a lot of Germans privacy is a sensitive subject, it was only 26 years ago that the Stasi practices ended in Germany. However, the tide is changing by a growing threat of terrorism. A recent poll showed that more than 80% of the Germans is in favor for more video surveillance.