Thomas de Maizière

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Person.png Thomas de Maizière   WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornKarl Ernst Thomas de Maizière
Bonn, Germany
Alma materUniversity of Münster, University of Freiburg
SpouseMartina de Maizière
Member ofAtlantik-Brücke
PartyChristian Democratic Union
Promoter of global surveillance

Employment.png Germany/Interior Minister Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
17 December 2013 - 14 March 2018

Employment.png Germany/Interior Minister Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
28 October 2009 - 3 March 2011

[[|x22px|link=Minister of Defence]] Minister of Defence

In office
3 March 2011 - 17 December 2013

Employment.png Germany/Minister for Special Affairs

In office
22 November 2005 - 27 October 2009

Employment.png German Chancellery Chief of Staff

In office
22 November 2005 - 27 October 2009

Employment.png Member of the Bundestag for Meißen

In office
27 September 2009 - Present

Thomas de Maizière has been aggressive in promoting tools to facilitate mass surveillance. In particular, citing the difficulty that law enforcement agents have had investigating "terrorism", he has suggested that encryption should be illegal in Germany unless it contains a backdoor. He has also been lobbying for a "hackback" provision, which opponents say would effectively legalize almost any hacking that authorities wished to carry out on the internet, including shutting down arbitrary computers.[1]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/20169 June 201612 June 2016Germany
Details of agenda and participants in the 2016 Bilderberg group meeting in Dresden, Germany with an introduction by Tony Gosling