Answers on frequently asked questions

  • The end of the east-west confrontation has not made the Verfassungsschutz obsolete. As an early-warning-device, we try to disclose ongoing activities of foreign intelligence services, but predominantly, we have an eye on the various dangers of political extremism for our democracy. In order to do that we gather and analyze information.
  • We don´t wield any police powers. We may not arrest anybody, search apartments or confiscate documents. We are controlled by a parliamentary committee elected only for this purpose.
  • Every citizen has the right to get information – free of charge – on data stored on his person.