Hackers: Ralph Brinkhaus calls for tougher penalties for data theft

After the hacker attack on politicians and other celebrities calls the chairman of the Union faction in the Bundestag, Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU), tougher penalties for data theft. "Hacking and skimming data is a major intrusion on the privacy of those affected," Brinkhaus said Rheinische Post, This serious injustice must be made clear by a higher sentence.

So far spying on data can be punished with imprisonment of up to three years, said Brinkhaus. Conventional theft at the age of five. "We should consider raising the penalty for serious cybercrime," said the Union's leader. If very personal things were stolen, the victims were sometimes traumatized for life.

Should not be sufficiently protected in the prominent person, that would be a danger to the democracy, "Data theft could ultimately mean that people no longer publicly engage, because there is a risk to be put on the digital pillory," said Brinkhaus.

The Federal Data Protection Commissioner Ulrich Kelber meanwhile wants to involve the schools. Data protection must be meaningfully integrated into the curricula and become a natural part of school lessons, said the SPD politician to the newspapers of the Funke media group. For this, teachers would have to be trained and the schools should be equipped with suitable teaching material.

Data Protection Officer warns of Whatsapp

At the same time, Kelber appealed to all parents to keep pace with digitization. Politicians also need to be aware of how quickly inadequate self-protection can harm others, said Kelber. Politicians had highly sensitive contact information. "That's why, by the way, I would never use apps like WhatsApp, where you have to offer your entire contact folder for full functionality."

As a further consequence of the hacker attack Kelber demanded earlier information of the data protection authorities by the security authorities. "Clearly, if the media authorities are aware of security gaps, it's definitely too late," he said.

A 20-year-old student from Hesse has been the mass spied data and their dissemination on the Internet. Affected were around one thousand people, including many politicians. Mostly it was about contact data, in 50 to 60 heavier cases but also about private chat histories.