Their political collaboration was announced last month, on November 24, and the announcement was also accompanied by a 178-page document outlining the coalition’s joint core governing principles on a number of social, political, and economic topics. Among them were different IT, privacy, and cybersecurity-related issues, including two paragraphs that addressed the German’s state penchant for acquiring zero-day vulnerabilities and using them in surveillance operations. “The exploitation of weak points in IT systems is in a highly problematic relationship to IT security and civil rights,” the three parties said in the section dedicated to national and internal security.
The three political parties set to form the new German government have agreed to stop buying zero-day vulnerabilities and limit the government’s future use of monitoring software (spyware). From a report: The Green Party, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) entered into a government coalition last month, and their new joint government cabinet is expected to be formally elected to power later today following a vote in the German Parliament.