Software-dispute in Parliament: How safe is programs of Palantir are?

Europol, the law enforcement Agency of the European Union, uses the Software of the SPD and the Left in the Hessian Parliament sharply criticized American data

Software-dispute in Parliament: How safe is programs of Palantir are?

Europol, the law enforcement Agency of the European Union, uses the Software of the SPD and the Left in the Hessian Parliament sharply criticized American data company Palantir. They will be used for mid-2017 for the analysis of all the data that would, in the context of combating terrorism, stated in a response to the European Commission to a parliamentary question in June of this year.

Ewald Hetrodt

correspondent of the Rhein-Main-Zeitung in Wiesbaden.

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That is accessible to the public document is now in the field of view of the Hessian parliamentarians, because the Ministry of the interior indicates in a response to a request of the SPD group on it. The social Democrats had carried out that representatives of Europol would have explained to the home Affairs Committee of the Parliament, the cooperation with Palantir had been terminated because safety standards were not adhered to. This Information will now be backed by the information of the EU. It plays an important role in a dispute that arose, as the Hessian police purchased two years ago by Palantir offered analysis software "Gotham".

it bundles, for example, to find all the information to a particular Person in various databases of the police and on the Internet. What previously had to be within weeks by Hand from huge amounts of data, painstakingly filtered out, is worn today in a very short time together. Of an invaluable advantage in times of terror, the security authorities talk. With "Gotham" had been prevented an Islamist-motivated terrorist attack and many other serious crimes, according to the Ministry of the interior.

the interior Ministry defended the use of "Gotham"

the SPD and the Left data protection raise concerns and reject the use of products of the company, in principle. Its history is as questionable as his contacts with the secret service of the United States, and to the right of the scene, the Opposition. Before the state election in October 2018, the Opposition established a Committee of inquiry.

your fundamental criticism of the business you are dressed in the allegation that the purchase of the Software against procurement rules had been disregarded. Due to the extreme danger of the situation an "urgent need had passed," said interior Minister Peter Beuth (CDU). That's why they have dispensed with the tender. In addition, Gotham was the only Software that is been used.

In April of this year, the dispute flared up again. The provincial government formed a crisis staff to fight the pandemic tested "Foundry", a different product from Palantir. It's supposed to be able to large amounts of publicly available data from different Parts of the health care process so that in the shortest amount of time is needed, at which points, for example, respiratory devices, and protective equipment the most.

Updated Date: 29 July 2020, 23:19

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