There should be more oversight, too. Large-scale operations would require the approvals of both the German Chancellor and the BND’s director, for one thing. An existing commission would run periodic checks on the BND to keep it honest, and there’s a new bureau built to investigate surveillance practices.
The planned measures aren’t entirely surprising. The nation was already angry that the NSA spied on its leadership, and that feeling only intensified after word that the BNDhelped the US spy on companies and governments. Still, Germany is going against the grain here — it’s asserting an international right to privacy at a time when some of its neighbors are limiting privacy within their own borders.