Oh, this would never be abused by anyone in a position of power or anything.
Nor one would ever be framed, nor would the so-called bad guys get a copy of the software.
German police will get sweeping new powers to hack into people's home computers with 'Trojan' viruses sent through the internet.
David Wroe in Berlin
Last Updated: 7:17PM GMT 03 Dec 2008
Under a compromise between the hardline Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and dissenting MPs, Germany's Parliament is put unprecedented power in the hands of the Federal Criminal Police (BKA).
New laws, some of the toughest in Europe, will also allow police to bug and photograph suspect's homes, tap their phones and track the location of their mobile calls.
Under the compromise, the police will need a judge's approval before using the Trojans, even in an emergency.
Trojans will carry "Remote Forensic Software" that can search hard drives and send evidence back to investigators without their having to enter the suspect's home.
Rolf Tophoven from the Institute for Terrorism Research and Security Policy said the computer penetration powers would have helped police last year when they arrested three men on terrorism charges.
The men encrypted their files which means police still have only one third of the data from their hard drives, Mr Tophoven estimated.
"We need this," he said. "The masterminds among the terrorist groups of today are highly qualified, very sophisticated people. The police need as much power as we can give them so that they can remain at the technological level of the terrorists. After all, the terrorists already have a huge advantage: they have the first shot."
The Greens, pro-business Free Democrats and socialist Left party members oppose the laws, fearing they endanger civil liberties.